What Happens if I Forget to Change my Will After The Divorce?

Picture this… You’ve passed away (hopefully peacefully in your sleep) and your family and loved ones are gathered around a desk in an attorney’s office somewhere, waiting to discover what you left to whom. Perhaps you get a chuckle out of picturing the facial expression of that one money-grubbing relative you intentionally left out of your will, when they discover they’re not getting a penny. 

A close up of a hand writing out the words "my last will..."

Perhaps it warms your heart to know that your favorite niece will be receiving that antique china she’s always loved and will always take care of. But how do you think it’ll all go down when they discover you forgot to update your will after the divorce, and the wrong former spouse gets it all? 

Forgot to update your will? It won’t be pretty, that’s for sure!

People often forget to update their wills when they get divorced (assuming they even remembered to create one in the first place!) It can be very hard to think about your own death and plan ahead for it. After all, you probably don’t plan to die any time soon. But that’s just it – almost no one does! 

So it’s really important to be prepared for all eventualities – especially since you have no idea what the future holds! If you haven’t made a will, there’s no time like the present. And if you’ve made one and you’re getting divorced, don’t forget to put your will on the list of important things to deal with in the near future.

Forgetting to update your will could mean the wrong spouse gets it all!

Having a will is great, but if you forget to update it after your divorce, your previous spouse might be the one getting everything when you pass away. And as you can imagine, that probably won’t go over well with the most recent spouse. 

It would be really frustrating to discover after your husband or wife has died, that their spouse from twenty years ago that they never talk to anymore inherited everything. But it happens. And no – the act of remarrying doesn’t automatically transfer your assets over from one spouse to another in your will. You have to actually change the will yourself.

A good divorce attorney will help make sure you don’t miss these little details!

This is the part where a good divorce attorney can make all the difference. Here at The Kronzek Firm our experienced family law attorneys will help you with every aspect of your divorce, including asset division, child custody issues, support and alimony, and everything else. But that’s not all.

In addition to making sure that every part of your divorce is properly handled, we also ensure that our clients are prepared for the future. We make sure you understand everything that you still need to do, and help you make sure that no detail is overlooked. Because when we do something, we do it well. What other way is there?