Do you have a will?
Did you know that…
If you do not make a will or use some other legal method to transfer your property when you die, state law will determine what happens to your property. Generally, it will go to your spouse and children or, if you have neither, to your other closest relatives. However, if no relatives can be found to inherit your property, it will go to the state. Without a will, a court will determine who will care for your minor children and their property if the other parent is unavailable or unfit to do so.
If you are part of an unmarried same-sex couple and do not have a will, your surviving partner will not inherit anything unless you live in one of the few states that allows registered domestic partners to inherit like spouses.
At Arnold Law, PLLC, we can help. We will guide you through the preparation of a will so you can have the peace of mind of knowing that your last wishes will be honored and not determined by anyone other than yourself. At your free initial consultation, Kentucky attorney Melissa Arnold will spend time with you to discuss your specific situation and will answer all of your questions with regard to the creation of your will.
The Affects of Marriage and Divorce on a Will
Whether you are getting married or recently married or whether you are getting a divorce or recently divorced a new will should be created to reflect this life change. A marriage does not revoke a previously made will. If you die without a will, Kentucky law will still provide some share of your property to your spouse, statutory law — not your wishes — determine what share.
The same holds true for a divorce or annulment, as neither of these will revoke in its entirety a previously made will. However, according to Kentucky law it will revoke any disposition or appointment of property made by the will to the former spouse including powers of appointment and nomination of your spouse as executor of your estate.
Attorney Melissa Arnold will discuss your unique situation and help you with the creation of a will so that your wishes are carried out and your estate is not left in the hands of default rules.
It is important to know that your spouse is still entitled to inherit as your will dictates until your divorce is final, which may not occur for a while after your initial separation. Contact Attorney Melissa Arnold to discuss your estate plans as soon as you and your spouse separate.
Contact Arnold Law, PLLC, for a Free Initial Consultation
To schedule a free initial consultation, fill out our intake form or call Attorney Melissa Arnold at 502-653-1038 or toll free at 866-404-1434. Arnold Law, PLLC offers a low one-time flat fee for all will preparations, which is discussed during your free initial consultation. Arnold Law, PLLC, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For your convenience, we make ourselves available on evenings and weekends and accept all major credit cards.