Divorce is really messy. It’s an extremely difficult time emotionally.
As a seasoned psychologically-trained divorce attorney and mediator, I
work with divorcing couples all the time who share their sadness, confusion,
anxiety and unhappiness with me. Divorce is a complex process and can
be a painful struggle.
When divorcing there is a lot to do, and there are many, many important
decisions to make. Making a new will, creating a healthcare proxy and
having a power of attorney is an equally important part of the process.
If you are divorcing let me help you get your estate in order too!
So let’s get started…
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!
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.
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 or updating your will,
call me. 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.
FREE 1 Hour CONSULTATIONS are
still available virtually.
I look forward to speaking with you.
Call New York Divorce Attorney Lois Brenner now to discuss your will, healthcare
proxy, or power of attorney!
Schedule your free consultation now. 212.734.1551