Divorce is unpleasant. It’s an extremely difficult time emotionally.
I work with divorcing couples all the time who share their sadness, confusion,
anxiety and unhappiness with me. It’s a big struggle.
When divorcing there is a lot to do, and there are many important decisions
to make. Today, with all of us dealing with a scary medical crisis surrounding
COVID -19, whether you are divorcing or not, it’s time to get your
estate in order.
With everything that’s going on in our medically unpredictable world
it’s important to take care of it now!
- HEALTHCARE PROXY:
Do you have one? If you don’t, you need one. You should designate
who will make important medical decisions for you if you are unable to
do so. If you are divorcing and already have a healthcare proxy, you may
need to update it. After all, you probably don’t want your angry
spouse making medical decisions for you, do you?
- POWER OF ATTORNEY:
A Power of Attorney (POA) is a legal document giving one person (the agent
or attorney-in-fact) the power to act for another person (the principal).
The agent can have broad legal authority or limited authority to make
legal decisions about the principal's property, finances or other
matters. If you don’t have a POA, you should consider having one
drafted. If you are divorcing you and your spouse may have executed powers
of attorney. If it is a durable power of attorney, it gives your spouse
access to all of your accounts and assets now, whether you are competent
or not. If you are divorcing, and it’s not amicable, this should
concern you. I often suggest clients revoke that power of attorney and
prepare a new one to designate someone else.
- YOUR WILL:
Do you have a will? If not, you should have one drafted. A will sometimes
called a “last will and testament,” is a document that states
your final wishes. A will can be used to leave instructions about what
should happen to your property after you die, and who should carry out
your instructions (your executor).
If you are divorcing, you should update or execute a new will. You probably
don’t want your current spouse in charge of your estate. I guide
clients all the time about the importance of having a will and the need
to update or make a new one if a divorce takes place.
If you have questions or need help making a new will call me.Now is the
time to draft a will if you don’t have one.If you are thinking about
divorce and have questions about your healthcare proxy, power of attorney,
or will, call me.
I am available right now to answer your questions.
During the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic all our
FREE CONSULTATIONS are
conveniently conducted virtually by telephone or TeleDivorce by Zoom or Skype to reduce
risk and maintain safety for everyone!
I look forward to hearing from you!
Stay Home, Stay Healthy & Stay Safety!
Call New York Divorce Attorney, Lois Brenner now to book your free consultation.