After your divorce is finalized, it can feel overwhelming to know all that needs to be done moving forward as a newly single person. As estate lawyers and divorce attorneys, we understand and are able to help. For example, after divorce there are still legal processes you may need to pursue. Because divorce sometimes includes a legal name change, many documents cannot be legally altered until your divorce is finalized. Here are a few things you will want to discuss with your estate lawyer once your divorce is official.
Powers of Attorney
There are two primary types of powers of attorney: medical and financial. You and your estate lawyer should ensure you have both and that they are current. When you are not married, you want someone you trust to make medical decisions in the event you are unable to do so yourself. You should also discuss an advanced directive and living will. When you were married, according to Florida law, your spouse was allowed to make those decisions. Now you may want to appoint a sibling, close friend, or someone else to speak on your behalf in the event you are unable to do so on your own.
Minor Child Guardianship
Although the other biological parent would likely gain sole custody in the event something happened to you, sometimes there is no other parent. If this is your case or the parent does not have visitation or custody for some reason, you may need a legal document which expresses your wishes regarding the person designated to take over guardianship temporarily and permanently.
Estate Planning Documents
If you have a trust or a will, they will need updating once your divorce is final. This is especially necessary if your former spouse was a beneficiary in your will or trust. When you die without a will or trust, distribution of your estate assets takes considerably longer. An estate lawyer can help you decide the best plan for your assets and draw up the appropriate documents post-divorce.
Wagstaff & Pitelis Can Help
As a Largo-based family law office, we offer many services including estate planning and divorce. We understand that the time period following the finalization of your divorce can feel overwhelming. We can help you identify and address your legal needs after divorce. If you have questions or if you would like more information about the options available to you, call Wagstaff & Pitelis today at (727) 584-8182.