After the Minnesota Divorce – Your Check List of Things To Do.

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Your Minnesota divorce is over. Now what do you do?  There are a few housekeeping matters that need your attention after a Minnesota divorce.   The following check list may be of some help in getting organized and finishing up any money and related issues:


  • If you haven’t already, you need to make sure that all joint accounts are closed, including, credit cards, bank accounts, investment accounts, lines of credit, and any online accounts; don’t forget Amazon or Netflix or Charter or any other utility; don’t forget local stores like Macy’s or Herberger’s or Kohls or Home Depot.
  • Find all the insurance polices and change any intended beneficiaries;
  • Check with your plan administrator or financial planner and change your beneficiaries for any retirements, other funds, pensions, and IRA’s,  including any online accounts.
  • Order a credit report and get one from each of the three agencies reporting; check to make certain that you are not on any other joint accounts; you can order a free report every year.
  • Meet with your estate planning attorney and change your Will, Power of Attorney, Trust Documents and Healthcare Directive; If your spouse had a power of attorney, then you must formally revoke the power.
  • Change all of your passwords for banking and online accounts if you have not already done so.  Don’t pick a password that your former spouse could guess; e.g., the dog’s name.
  • Notify any billing entities or other important mail of changes to your address;
  • If you changed your name, then don’t forget to contact the Social Security Administration and the Minnesota Department of Motor Vehicles; you will need a certified copy of the divorce degree or a certified copy of the name change order.

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Kate Willmore, Saint Cloud, Minnesota, Divorce, Father’s Rights, Mother’s Rights,  Family Lawyer, Family Court Lawyer and Mediator

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About Kate Willmore, Esq.

Kate Willmore, Saint Cloud, Minnesota, divorce, custody and family attorney brings over 25 years experience to every client's legal matter. *** Licensed in Minnesota and in California

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