Estate Planning for Divorcing Couples in California
When facing a divorce in California, estate planning takes on added significance. California is a community property state, and there are no laws that preclude an estranged couple from inheriting from each other in the absence of an up to date estate plan. We understand the unique needs of divorcing couples and offer specialized services to ensure your assets and family are protected.
Special Considerations for the Divorcing Client:
Many professionals believe that a person contemplating or in the middle of a divorce cannot engage in estate planning. This is not true.
If you become incapacitated before your divorce is final, without the right documents in place your soon to be ex could ask a court for permission to make health care decisions for you and manage your assets. If you die before your divorce is final, your soon to be ex could inherit your community property and at least a portion of your separate property. If your soon to be ex is a bad actor and should not be given sole custody of minor children, you will have no voice with the courts to avoid this outcome.