Cleaning Up After the Divorce

Divorce is Done, But Clean Up is Just Starting

torn divorce decree and cash, with broken wedding ring

Once a Final Decree of Divorce is entered, most clients let out a huge sigh of relief.  However, your work is not done.

Your next step is to clean up the rest of your legal documents to reflect your new marital status.  Specifically, now is the time to rewrite your Last Will and Testament, your Power of Attorney, and your Advanced Healthcare Directive (i.e., your living will).  Often times your divorce attorney can assist you with this, and she may even reduce your out-of-pocket cost if she is still on retainer.

You also need to take time to ensure that you no longer have your former spouse designated (unless otherwise Ordered by the Court to do so) as the beneficiary on your life insurance policies, retirement accounts and/or investment accounts.

Lastly, double check that any and all deeds and titles are properly executed and filed listing your new marital status.  Doing a final clean up after the divorce does create some additional work and headache, but I assure you that you will double your pain and suffering if you sweep this under the rug!