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Legal Requirements for Getting Married in Iceland

A destination wedding is a dream for many couples. However, it also comes with logistical concerns especially if the destination is a foreign country. Every country has its own rules which must be followed precisely to avoid finding yourself unable to get married after spending the time and money to organize the ceremony. As Iceland … Read more

Preserving an Inheritance as Separate Property in the Event of Divorce

When a couple prepares to marry, one question which may arise is whether they should enter into a prenuptial (or antenuptial) agreement, which among other things sets forth what happens to their assets in the event of a divorce. There are many situations in which this may be appropriate, including when there is a significant … Read more

Divorce Revokes Annuity Beneficiary Designation to Ex-Spouse

During marriage, typically couples will name each other as beneficiaries of their retirement accounts, pensions, life insurance policies and similar assets. However, if a couple separates or divorces, they usually want to change their beneficiary designations to another person. As discussed in a previous post, it is important to talk with an estate planning attorney … Read more

New York Court Recognizes Possible Constructive Trust Claim to Property When Non-Married Couples Split Up

When unmarried couples make oral financial promises to each other, problems can arise if they split up. In a recent New York court decision, the Appellate Division, Second Department addressed such a situation, finding that the Plaintiff could pursue her claim for constructive trust with respect to certain property she asserted was promised to her … Read more

What Happens to Your Estate Plan When You Divorce?

By Michael Giusto and Lois Brenner Getting a divorce is a stressful experience and it’s not unusual for spouses to forget to address estate planning issues either before, during, or afterwards. However, not updating certain documents or considering your future financial situation could have serious unintended consequences.   Impact of divorce on existing planning documents … Read more