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Referring to a Disinherited Child in Your Will

Family feuds are common. As children grow into adulthood and parents become seniors, there are things that can bring about drama and arguing. While many times things blow over in a short amount of time, some family disagreements carry on for years and years. When this happens, a child can estrange themselves from their parents. Adult children might become estranged for many reasons. Either way, parents are faced with a troublesome fact. Do we disinherit our child? This decision might come after 15 or 20 years of estrangement. It is one that might not come easily. Our wills lawyer in Cary NC is to talk more about an estranged child and how to refer to them when disinheriting them in your will. 

Disinheriting a Child in Your Will | Wills Lawyer in Cary NC

Disrespect, sadness, regret and anger might be the culprit of choosing to disinherit your adult child from your estate. Whatever the reason, there are a few ways that you can go about addressing this. Below, you’ll find tips that might help.

  • Specifically state your intentions within the will.
  • Make sure that you use a statement that intentionally omits the child.
  • If you feel a need, you can state the reason for the disinheritance. This depends on your situation. An estate lawyer can help you decide what’s best in your situation.
  • "I purposefully leave no endowment within this will for my child, [your child’s name], might be the best way to add this intentional disinheritance.

Whether you’ve adequately provided for your child during their childhood or your lifetime or you are estranged from them and feel that they do not need any support from your estate, you should carefully consider your deliberate omission from your will. Make sure your statement is clear, concise and directly omits them from your estate.
For tips to consider when disinheriting an adult child and leaving the facts in your will, visit back with our next blog post, soon. Our wills lawyer in Cary NC will have more information for you.

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If you don’t have an estate plan in place or haven’t reviewed yours in several years, now might be the best time to start. Our wills lawyer in Cary NC is here to help you get your estate planning in order and ready should you pass in an untimely manner or become incapacitated at some point. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to an estate plan. Contact our office.
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If you’re interested in learning more about disinheritance, be sure to visit back with other blogs, below:
Disinheriting an Adult Child
Referring to a Disinherited Child in Your Will
Things to Consider When Disinheriting an Adult Child
Reasons Parents Might Disinherit Children
Problems that Can Come With Disinheritance

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