Wills and Divorce
Getting a divorce will always take months, because of strict time limits built into the process, and in some cases a divorce can drag on for years.
It is critical to review your Will arrangements at the start of your divorce process. In the period while your divorce is being dealt with it may be the case that your spouse is still your main beneficiary, and if you have not made a Will, they may be your sole beneficiary under the Laws of Intestacy. Do you really want the person you are divorcing to inherit your assets?
Once your divorce is finalised any gifts to a former spouse or civil partner in a Will fail as does their appointment as executor. It is therefore advisable to review your Will again at this stage.
Any assets owned jointly with a current or former spouse, such as your house, could pass to them automatically regardless of the terms of your Will or the Laws of Intestacy. This is due to the way the law deals with jointly owned assets. However, it is possible to amend the way property, including your home, is owned so that your share passes to your intended beneficiaries.
Please contact us for more information.
All our Wills, Probate and Estate Planning services are offered at each of our branches. Please contact your most convenient office for advice.
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