How will a divorce affect my will?

Parts of your will may be made invalid (be revoked or ‘canceled’) if you divorce.  When you get divorced, any part of your will that provides a gift or benefit to your ex-spouse, or an appointment of them as your executor or ‘personal representative,’ could be revoked, depending on the terms of any court order, marriage contract, separation agreement, or Minutes of Settlement, and whether the will was made before or after the order or agreement. Documents, like a separation agreement, may state that the terms of your will won’t be affected by a divorce. You should talk to a lawyer for advice if you have a will and are getting divorced, to make sure you know how your will may be affected and that all your important documents are prepared the way you want them to be.

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