Divorce and Will Beneficiary Designation
Your Beneficiary Designation Comes First
You have updated your will to remove your ex. But, that is not enough. You must update the beneficiary designation, too.
Not only on your will but on all your other policies, too.
Check these documents to be sure your beneficiaries are up to date after divorce:
- Trusts or Living Trusts
- Life Insurance
- Work-related Policies and Death Benefits
Remember, if you do not name anyone the state gets to decide. Take control of your assets by naming a beneficiary of your own choice.
What About the Will?
What about your will, though? Should you update it?
The answer is yes, though it is not as crucial as your beneficiary designation.
Most of the states in the US will do one of two things. If you leave your ex in your will, they will determine them to be ineffective or revoke their rights. Either way, they get no part of your assets.
Keep in mind this only applies to an ex-spouse. Not their children or any other relatives you may have named.
Do yourself a favor. Update it, anyway. It is good for your peace of mind.
Review and Update After Divorce
The only way to know for sure that your assets get divided as you want is to say so. Review and update both your will and your beneficiary designations after your divorce.
But, who should you choose?
If you have a new partner, you will need to decide if you have reached that level of commitment. Let your emotions settle, first. Use caution in designating a new partner soon after your divorce.
It is a good idea to consult an attorney if you have questions.
Take Charge of Your Assets, Today
Divorce is another stage in your life. Do not leave the distribution of your assets to fate or the state.
Determine your own distribution of assets. Update your will beneficiary designation, today.
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