Should I make changes to my will after a divorce in South Dakota?

A will is an important document that lays out your wishes for the distribution of your assets. If you created your will when you were still married, you should consider making changes to it now that you've gone through a divorce.

South Dakota divorce is a major event that impacts every part of your life, and these types of events often prompt a person to take stock of their lives and the people around them. Sometimes, it can lead them to rethink the decisions they made when they created their estate planning documents.

Whether you want to make changes to your will after your divorce is entirely up to you. Some people may be fine with leaving their will as it is, but often, there are reasons why you may want to re-evaluate your will after South Dakota divorce.

Often ex-partners that have gone through a divorce aren't on the best terms and you may not want your ex to benefit from your death. Also, there may be issues with stepchildren, biological children, and other beneficiaries that may need to be changed in some way.

Each South Dakota divorce is unique, as is every family. Nobody can tell you what to do with your will, but it's wise to have something up-to-date in writing that reflects your wishes. 

If you're struggling with how to go about changing your will after divorce, you'll want to visit with an estate planner. Since your South Dakota divorce attorney helps with the aspects of your divorce, you could start your search there, as your attorney may have some important suggestions for you as you make the necessary changes to protect your loved ones' futures.
Brooke Swier Schloss
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Family Law and Estate Planning attorney helping families across South Dakota plan and protect their loved ones