If you had a will written in the year after your husband left you, I suggest you go and look at it now. And I mean NOW!
I had one professionally drawn up within that time period, brought it home, tucked it away safely in my firesafe and have never looked at it since.
Until yesterday, when, due to certain new circumstances in my life, I had a reason to look at it again.
And I was horrified.
I was in the middle of a nervous breakdown when I drew up the will. I clearly wasn’t thinking straight. And although the responsibility for its contents ultimately lies on my shoulders, how on earth did my lawyer allow me to draw up a document like that?!
In short, when it came to bequests, I had put in dollar amounts rather than percentages. It means that if I died today – two years after the final divorce settlement and monies came through – then two of my friends would get more than three times the money left to my kids.
And that is NOT what I want to happen.
So here’s my advice for this weekend.
Haul out your will and read through it. Does it still match your wishes and circumstances?
If it does, that’s great.
If not, get yourself to a lawyer asap and get it changed.
Be very – very – careful of the wording if you are leaving amounts of money in dollar amounts rather than percentages.
Review your will once a year to ensure it matches your current circumstances.