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Don't forget to do this after your divorce

Deciding to divorce and then following through with it is a major event in most people's lives. While most likely feel a sense of relief when they reach the end of the process, the work may not be done. When any major life event-like divorce-occurs, it is important to update your estate plan. The failure to do so could result in decisions being made about your assets and health that you did not intend.

Possible reasons to challenge a will

People in Pennsylvania who are creating an estate plan might wonder what circumstances could lead to challenges to their wills. Someone being able to successfully challenge a will is an unusual occurrence. When it happens, it is usually done by a spouse on the grounds that either the person who made the will was unduly influenced by someone or did not have testamentary capacity.

Keeping the best interests of the children first

Parents know that after a divorce co-parenting can be challenging. Even if they vow to always keep the best of interest of their children as a priority, the emotions stirred by the end of a marriage can often get in the way of that promise. However, there are some things Pennsylvania parents can do to attempt to make the process easier and successful.

Will signing requirements

Those who live in Pennsylvania and elsewhere must generally have witnesses sign their will to make it valid. As a general rule, a witness is anyone 18 or over who is of sound mind when he or she signs the document, although some states have no state age requirement. A lawyer who helps to create the will generally cannot be a witness. The same is in most cases true of anyone named as a beneficiary in the document.

Electronic accounts and divorce

Pennsylvania residents who are getting a divorce may want to be careful about how they handle their social media accounts and other electronic communications. These could all potentially become fodder for their spouse and their spouse's attorney to use against them. However, people can take steps to protect themselves.

Divorce filings surge in January

Many Pennsylvania residents make New Year's resolutions, but not all of them resolve to lose 10 pounds in the coming year. Some people may resolve to divorce their spouses in the new year. January is usually the busiest time of year for divorce lawyers, with filings up as much as 30 percent over other months.

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