Estate Planning: What if I don’t want a family member to receive anything when I die?

What if I don’t want a family member to receive anything when I die?
This question comes up more often than you might expect. For example, many families have a child who has been estranged for many years. The child may be an alcoholic or drug addict. The parents know that if they give assets to that child, the child will use the assets self-destructively. So the parents omit the child as an heir and beneficiary.
To make sure that the omitted child does not contest the Will and Trust, you must obtain a Certificate of Independent Review from another attorney than the one who prepared the Will and Trust. A Certificate of Independent Review confirms that you are competent and that you want your child to receive nothing, and that you have sound reasons for this decision. Otherwise, it might be presumed that your other children defrauded you into omitting that one child.
For more information, contact the law office of Day R. Williams at 775/885-8398.

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