If you get a
divorce, there are several documents that you will want to alter after the divorce
has been settled.
Wills & Trusts
First of all, it is important that you change all testamentary documents
such as wills and trusts that need to be updated and beneficiaries that
need to be changed. Also, it is important that you change all beneficiaries
on any life insurance policies, bank accounts, stock accounts, and health
savings accounts. This is especially true if the individual listed as
a beneficiary on these accounts is your former spouse.
Once this is done, you will need to move on to retirement accounts. These
include IRAs and 401(K)s. Unless you take action with these documents,
funds may roll over to your ex-spouse long after you have divorced. It
is also important that you draft quit claims deeds and have them signed,
notarized and recorded of you are planning to shift the owner of the property
as a part of the divorce settlement.
Banks, Lenders & Utilities
In some divorces, it is essential to refinance documents that may need
to be executed at the bank or to remove one spouse's name from the
mortgage on the marital home if that individual plans to relocate. Sometimes
you may need to change the name on the utilities accounts, as well. This
includes expenses like the telephone and electricity. These need to be
changed into the name of the person who is keeping the home.
Personal Accounts & Identification
If you are an ex-wife of a divorce settlement and plan on reverting back
to your maiden name, then you will want to get a certified copy of the
divorce degree in order to change your bank accounts, driver's license,
passport, and other documents.
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