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The role of wills and trusts in divorce planning

Going through a divorce is never an easy process for Georgia spouses, and it can feel as though there's an endless list of items that deserve one's attention. Thinking about wills and trusts might be the last thing on the mind of a spouse in the middle of divorce, but it is an important consideration. Failing to plan for the future can result in unintended outcomes. 

Without wills and other planning instruments in place, it's possible for one's former spouse to inherit a significant portion of assets. That puts the intended heirs in a difficult position at a time when they are likely preoccupied with grieving. Having to wage a legal battle is never easy for the loved ones left behind and can forever alter the relationship between those parties. 

The probate process is also difficult to navigate and places a burden on loved ones. Drafting a will is the best way to ensure that the events that play out after one's death are as intended. For most men and women, the cast of characters set out within a will change after a divorce. 

Working with a professional is a great place to begin. During a divorce, many Georgia residents might already feel as though they spend enough time in the company of attorneys, but an estate planning attorney is an important partner in creating wills and trusts that suit the needs of a soon-to-be-single spouse. By taking care of this need during divorce, it's possible to move forward in life with the peace of mind that comes with having these details properly attended to. 

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