Leaving Children Out?

Leaving Children Out?

Can a person exclude a child from inheriting anything?

Yes.  Each person has the absolute right to decide who is – and who is not – to inherit that person’s property and possessions at death.

But only if a Last Will and Testament or a Trust names others as a beneficiary.

In the absence of a Will or a Trust naming others as beneficiaries, a surviving child will normally share in the inheritance.

A related question:  Does a person have to leave at least a dollar to each child?  Answer:  No.  Simply naming others as one’s beneficiaries will be sufficient to preclude a child from inheriting one’s property and possessions.

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Author: Barry Peters. For additional easy-to-understand information on Wills, Trusts, and Probate, call attorney Barry Peters’ offices at (208) 939-2600 for your expedited appointment for a FREE OFFICE CONSULTATION or visit his Q & A pages at BarryPeters-Law.com/common-questions. As always, your total satisfaction is guaranteed by Barry Peters, Attorney at Law, where all clients receive individual attention to the details of their unique circumstances.



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