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Wills & Divorce

WHAT HAPPENS IF I FORGET TO REMOVE MY FORMER SPOUSE FROM MY WILL & TESTAMENT? IF I PASS AWAY, WILL SHE GET EVERYTHING?

The short answer is no. After a dissolution of marriage, any provisions in a Last Will and Testament that affect your former spouse becomes null and void, which simply means they do not receive anything from your estate should you pass away after your divorce.

4 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD UPDATE YOUR WILL AFTER A DIVORCE:

Divorce is a significant life event and will affect your family’s future. Below are four reasons why revisiting your Will after divorce in Tampa, Florida may be the wise decision:

  1. You want to decide how your assets will be redistributed to your other family members.
  2. You have remarried and without a Will and Testament your new spouse will be your main beneficiary.
  3. You want a portion of your estate to go to charity.
  4. If you have young children and the children’s other parent is either deceased or not involved in the children’s lives, you can designate a specific guardian for your children in the event of death.

What it comes down to is how much control you want over your finances after you pass away. Revisiting your will after divorce (or any major life change) with a trusted and experienced family law attorney in Tampa, Florida provides you with the opportunity to reassess your priorities and plans for your family after the event of your death. This ensures your intentions are carried out correctly.

With 19 years of experience practicing family law, Law Offices of Patricia Palma, P.A. offers high-quality legal counsel in all Tampa, FL family law matters. If you have questions regarding divorce in Tampa, FL and how divorce can affect your will, contact Law Offices of Patricia Palma, P.A. at 813-258-3211 or contact us online to schedule a meeting at our Tampa office.

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