It important to consider your estate planning needs as soon as you file for divorce. Often individuals overlook this step, but it is quite important. Under Pennsylvania law, the filing of a divorce complaint does not in any way curtail one’s right to inherit from a spouse.
You will also want to consider the existence of prior Wills or other previously executed estate planning documents in which you likely named your spouse as a beneficiary. You may choose to revise these documents immediately upon filing for divorce.
Even if you have not previously prepared a Will, you should consult with your attorney regarding Pennsylvania’s intestacy laws, which outline what happens when you die without a Will.
Your best bet is to talk with your estate planning attorney and your family attorney to coordinate a plan to best preserve your assets and ensure that wishes regarding your estate are fulfilled.