The Prue Law Group, P.C. have an experienced team of divorce lawyers Colchester CT. When you and your spouse have agreed to separate, you will want a lawyer that protects your rights and interests. Ending your marriage affects your marital status, your relationship with children, and your estate. Under Connecticut law, a divorce may invalidate an existing will or previous estate plan. It is important to amend your life insurance policies, annuities, 401Ks, health care forms, POA and other estate planning documents.
One of our recommendations to clients commencing a divorce or separation is to draft a will. If a will already exists, it is important to update it while the divorce is pending. This is especially crucial if there are minor children involved. For example, if a custodial parent dies following the divorce the children would automatically go to the surviving parent. This means that the ex-spouse would be given custody, but as the children’s guardian, would be given managing control over any assets left to them. Naming a guardian for your children in your will allows your wishes to be heard.
Drafting your will and estate plan prior to the finalization of the divorce avoids any questions concerning inheritance, assets, personal property, life insurance. The ex-spouse is removed from the will, the powers of attorney and health care designations. They are also removed as beneficiary of insurance and IRAs. There also may be a need to redo the deed to the house and address the mortgage. With over 35 years of experience with divorce law and estate planning in Connecticut, do yourself a favor and call The Prue Law Group. Our attorneys are here to guide you through the unsettling, emotional time of divorce. When Legal Matters….call (860) 423-9231.