While some relationships ultimately bring the phrase “trouble in paradise” to mind, there is often less paradise and more trouble when it comes to the Kardashians. Kim, Khloe and Kris have gone through divorces on the family’s reality show, and they serve as a reminder to those in Texas and other states to update estate planning documents when life changing events happen like new additions to the family, divorce or remarriage.
The National Law Review pointed out an instance where Kris told her ex Kaitlin Jenner that she had updated her living will to appoint a new executor. Changes like this are necessary so that someone more appropriate than an ex can make important health decisions if oneself is no longer able to do so.
The NLR points out that Kris may have gotten some of the terms wrong, but one may need to make several additions to a will or trust when divorce occurs. The executor of an estate is who helps carry out a will when a person passes away while a Health Care Power of Attorney or Advance Health Care Directive might be included in a living will to name an agent who can make health related decisions for a person.
Some people choose to use trusts because wills go through the probate process while trusts do not. This often gives a family more privacy when a loved one dies and may come with less tax burdens. When establishing or editing estate planning documents, contact us so that we can help ensure that your wishes are clear and enforceable.