Change the beneficiaries on all your life insurance policies, 401(k) plans, IRAs, and any other accounts that may have had your former spouse named.
Close joint accounts
If you haven't done so already, close any type of joint account or joint credit card with your former spouse.
Get a new Will prepared
Most married couples leave their estate to each other. Now that you're divorced, that's probably the last thing you want to happen. If you have children, real estate, or substantial assets, have a new Will done so your wishes on how you want your estate to be distributed will be followed.
Have a Durable Power of Attorney prepared
(If you already have one naming your former spouse, destroy it or revoke it.) This document gives someone you designate the authority to do things on your behalf, like transfer assets, deal with the IRS, sign agreements, make gifts, and other matters. A Durable Power of Attorney is helpful if you're away on business or vacation and want someone to act on your behalf.
Get a Health Care Power of Attorney prepared
(If you already have one naming your former spouse, destroy it or revoke it.) This document (sometimes called a "Living Will") deals with your medical care and the type of treatment you want if you're unable to communicate with your doctor or loved ones. In this document you indicate what your end-of-life decisions are and give another person the authority to make your wishes know to your treating physician.
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