Divorcing?

I offer several estate planning options for people who are at various stages of the divorce process, including the contemplation phase.  I can also provide referrals to divorce attorneys in the area if you are not already working with someone.

Thinking about and filing for divorce can be scary processes, with uncertain time-lines. My goal is to make the estate planning piece of the process as efficient and effective to give you back a sense of control over your life.

Click here to download a workbook to help you work through the changes to need to make to your legal documents before, during and after your divorce.  DivorceEPWorkbook

Pre-Divorce Planning
You are contemplating filing for divorce and want to make some changes to your Will and other documents.  You are also concerned about having your soon-to-be-former spouse making health care decisions for you in the event of an emergency, and maybe you want to name someone else to handle your finances if you are unable.  Or perhaps you have nothing in place and wants to ensure that your property passes according to your wishes, that your health care decisions will be honored, and that any money left to your minor children is managed by someone of your choosing.
Includes:
1.    Office consultation
2.    Review and analysis of current estate plan or review of the way property will pass without an estate plan.
3.    Explanation of the Statutory Share which spouse can claim prior to finalization of divorce.
4.    Review of current beneficiary designations on life insurance policies, retirement policies, other accounts.
5.    Revision or creation of Will, Health Care Proxy, Durable Power of Attorney, HIPAA release and Emergency Guardianship Proxy for minor children to reflect current wishes.
6.    Assistance with notifying former and current agents under the new documents.


Ready to get started? Email me at Leanna@HamillLawOffice.com or call my office at 781-749-2284.

Mid-Divorce Protection
You have already filed for divorce, or you’ve been served with divorce papers, but you still want to put some protections into place.  The changes that can be made during this time are limited due to the Temporary Restraining Order on Assets that is instituted when the divorce is filed.  However, you can still change your Health Care Proxy, Durable Power of Attorney, and certain other documents.  You can also begin planning for the permanent changes you will make after the divorce is final.
Includes:
1.    Office consultation
2.    Review of current estate plan or review of the way property will pass without an estate plan.
3.    Drafting or revision of Health Care Proxy and Durable Power of Attorney, and Emergency Guardianship Proxy for minor children, if applicable.
4.    Assistance with notifying former and current agents of changes.

Ready to get started? Email me at Leanna@HamillLawOffice.com or call my office at 781-749-2284.

Post-Divorce Freedom Plan
The divorce is final and you’ve been given the all-clear by your divorce attorney to go ahead and revise your Will and change the beneficiaries on your insurance policies.  Maybe the divorce agreement requires you to set up a trust for your children, or name your former spouse as beneficiary to certain retirement or insurance policies.  With the Post-Divorce Protection Plan, I can help you do all these things.
Includes:

1.    Office consultation
2.    Review of current estate plan and divorce agreement, if applicable.
3.    Drafting of new Will, Health Care Proxy, Durable Power of Attorney, HIPAA release, and Trust, if applicable.
4.    Assistance in changing beneficiary designations life insurance policies, retirement policies, other accounts.
5.    Assistance with notifying former and current agents of changes or new documents.

Ready to get started? Email me at Leanna@HamillLawOffice.com or call my office at  781-749-2284.