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Divorcing? Don't Forget to Get Your Estate in Order!


Divorce is scary, unpleasant, and for some, painful. It’s an extremely difficult time emotionally for the entire family. I work with divorcing couples all the time who share their sadness, frustration, and unhappiness with me. Divorce can be a complicated and confusing process.

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 important to get your estate in order.

With everything that’s going on in our medically unpredictable world, if divorcing, it’s important to take care of your healthcare proxy, power of attorney, and will!


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?


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, and finances. If you don’t have one, you should consider having one drafted. If you are divorcing and you and your spouse have executed powers of attorney, you need to reconsider. If it is a durable power of attorney, it gives your spouse access to all of your accounts and assets now while you are competent. If you are divorcing, and it’s not amicable, this should concern you. I often suggest clients revoke that power of attorney and 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.

If you are divorcing you should update or execute a new will. You 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 are thinking about divorce and have questions about the divorce process, making a new will, your healthcare proxy or power of attorney, call me.

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Warm regards,


Call New York Divorce Attorney, Lois Brenner now to book your free consultation. 212.734.1551