Estate Planning and Divorce are issues that need to be considered together as they affect one another. At The Law Office of Paul Black, we are experts in handling the intersection of divorce and estate planning.
Estate Planning and Divorce in Georgia
Estate planning and divorce in Georgia is a complicated subject, and it may not be the first thing on your mind if you’re considering getting a divorce. Properly updating or creating an estate plan that takes into consideration the changes in your family is critical. Unfortunately, with all of the other issues one has to deal with during those times, many important elements get overlooked.
While divorce proceedings are ongoing, your spouse has specific rights. You want to make certain to fulfill your legal commitments to your ex while working out as much control over your possessions as possible. Additionally, if you die or become incapacitated before the divorce is finalized, you don’t want your new wishes to be compromised.
Divorce is never enjoyable to consider or go through. With appropriate preparation, however, a person can at least prevent future issues occurring after the divorce is completed. Having the right legal counsel from the Law Office of Paul Black will provide the information you need.
Estate Planning for Divorced Parents
Often, during a divorce, properties are liquidated, and the profits divided. When children are involved, the home is more likely to be retained by the primary caregiver. When this is agreed upon, it makes these important decisions easier. Unfortunately, many divorces are not amicable. They often require the assistance of an arbitrator or legal representative.
In cases where the divorced parties remarry and have blended families including children, step-children, half-siblings, etc., it’s important to consider how each person is included in your estate plan. State laws differ on who is automatically considered an heir, so it’s critical to make your wishes known in your Will.
Choosing an Estate Planning Attorney
Developing a good relationship with a law firm that specializes in a range of areas including elder law ensures that your interests are protected throughout your life. The best legal agent can lead you to the ideal estate plan for your life and your family. They can advise you and help mediate a divorce that works for all parties involved.
They represent your estate in probate court when the time comes and even assist with the following activities:
- Distribution of residential or business properties
- Paying any extant bills
- Handling real estate tax, etc.
If you are updating a Georgia Will or otherwise dealing with estate planning or divorce in Georgia, a reputable and skilled estate planning attorney can handle the important and complicated issues throughout your life.