A Family Lawyer's Guide to Estate Planning

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On the face of it, family law and estate planning are very different types of law.

Family law helps clients navigate through changes in family relationships—not just divorce, but child custody and support, division of assets, marital agreements, and more. Estate planning, on the other hand, allows individuals to look ahead and consider what kind of legacy they’d like to leave behind, how they want their assets to be distributed among loved ones, and how they’ll ensure their own long-term care needs.

Circumstances change, though, and many events in family law can significantly recalibrate estate planning needs.

When clients reach out looking for support with divorce, child support, adoption, or other family law services, it’s important to be well-versed in how the decisions made during estate planning influence the course of family law proceedings.

Keep reading to learn how to help your family clients through estate planning in common scenarios.