Marriage and Divorce

When you’re first married, you may want to leave all your assets to your spouse. However, it’s possible that your spouse may not be entitled to the entirety of your estate. If you die without a will or living trust, your state’s probate court could divide your assets in ways you may not anticipate.

If you divorce, you will likely want a change your estate plan. Even if you’ve removed your spouse from your will, they might still be named as a beneficiary on some of your accounts. This could also be true for life insurance policies or a home ownership agreement. In certain cases, these types of beneficiary designations can actually override whatever changes you’ve made to your estate plan.

Children, New and Old

If you were to die unexpectedly, you’d want your child to have a safety net. A comprehensive estate plan means appointing a guardian, establishing a trust or other financial back-up, and taking other protective measures to ensure your child can live their best life even if you’re not there to guide them through it.

Personal Health

People sometimes think of estate planning as a task that’s meant to pass on an inheritance or otherwise protect their loved ones. However, estate planning also protects the testator. An experienced attorney can, for instance, help you name a trusted friend or relative to make financial and medical decisions when you’re unable to make them for yourself. If you don’t appoint someone, a court will find a person they think can act in your best interest—even if that person isn’t familiar with you, your life, and your values.


Changes in residency can have a huge impact on your estate. Every state in the country has its own laws for probate, inheritance, and tax. For instance, if you lived in New York or Arkansas before moving to California, it’s important to review your estate plan to accommodate the rules of your new home state.

Don’t Let Your Plans Go To Waste

There are many reasons why you should review your estate, and it’s important that you let an experienced estate planning attorney help you do it. The Law Firm of Kavesh, Minor & Otis, Inc. has decades of estate planning experience. Send us a message, or give us a call today. Whether you need to review your existing estate plan, change it, or start from the ground up, we have the credentials and knowledge to help you preserve your peace of mind.


Philip J. Kavesh
Nationally recognized attorney helping clients with customized estate planning guidance for over 40 years.
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