Each and every day, children are unintentionally disinherited and receive nothing when their parent dies. If you’re like most people, this is not what you want. Here are two examples illustrating how children are disinherited. Example One Jim and Susan have a long happy marriage. They have been married for 32 years and have four children, all boys. Jim has a heart attack and dies. He and Susan owned everything jointly so at his death, Susan inherited all of the assets. Several … [Read more...] about Don’t Accidently Disinherit Your Children
Estate Planning for Blended Families
If you are in a second or third marriage and have children from previous relationships, very careful estate planning is necessary to keep the peace while you’re alive and avoid litigation after your death. Tips for Using Estate Planning to Keep the Peace in a Second Marriage Communicate. Let your loved ones know that they are protected by and provided for in your estate plan. Update. Update your estate planning when your family changes. Honor Prenuptial Agreements and … [Read more...] about Special Estate Planning Considerations for Second Marriages
When asked if they are going to disinherit their children, most folks reply, “Of course not.” However, many of them do, unintentionally. The Perils of a Blended Family Unfortunately, the unintentional disinheritance of children happens every day. It usually happens in blended families, which are comprised of second, third, or even forth marriages and children from previous relationships. No matter what promises are made or understandings are had, a spouse that is not the parent of all … [Read more...] about How Not to Unintentionally Disinherit Your Children
If you’re in a blended family, such as a second marriage with children from a previous relationship, you can do much to keep the peace in your family with your estate plan. One way to keep the peace, using your estate plan, is to specifically consider and plan for your children. This could include not making your children wait until your second spouse dies before they will inherit. Waiting and putting the children second may cause hurt feelings and a breakdown of relationships that you’ve … [Read more...] about If You’re in a Second Marriage, It is Important to Plan to Protect Your Children
Married couples in which one or both of the spouses have been previously married, or where they bring children from previous relationships, often face estate planning questions that are different than those other couples have to answer. Like every marital issue, adequately navigating the estate planning issues you face requires both you and your spouse to be open, honest, and communicative about your desires and your choices. It’s important to remember that each of you has control over your own … [Read more...] about Estate Planning Issues for Second Marriages
If you’ve been divorced and are considering remarriage, you’ll want to take some time to carefully consider the implications remarriage will have on your estate plan. Whether you have yet to develop an estate plan or have already created one, there are several issues you will need to think about. Blended Inheritances Getting remarried means that both you and your new spouse mayy automatically have the right to inherit from one another if the other should die. This inheritance can have a … [Read more...] about If You’re Getting Remarried, Consider Your Estate Plan Carefully
A well constructed estate plang will not only addresses the distribution of your assets, but can also nominate a guardian for minor children. While there are legalities to consider, it’s important to remember that you are also determining the quality of your children’s lives if you die before they reach the age of 18. Many parents understandably have a difficult time imagining their children without them. But they need to consider many factors for guardianship, including: Similar … [Read more...] about Who Should Be Your Child's Guardian?
With the divorce rate hovering around 50 percent in the United States, blended families have become the norm in today's society. If you have just created a blended family, or are planning to do so in the near future, there are a number of changes that you may need to make to your existing estate plan in order to reflect your new status as a blended family. Although each family is unique, the following are possible options to consider. Adding Your Spouse to Titles. Titles to real property, … [Read more...] about What Changes Do I Need to Make to My Estate Plan When I Create a Blended Family?