Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Blended Family Wills

One of the search terms that lead someone here today was "Blended Families - Setting up a Will"

That a very good topic that I felt should be mentioned.  There are so many times when we don't stop to think of how it will impact our families, especially when we are young and think we still have 20 or so years to worry about that.

Anything can happen at any time and your family should not be discounted.

Make sure you devise a will that will protect your children.  Don't always count on your new spouse to do the right thing.  I've seen spouses go both ways in similar situations.  Money can and does do some very horrible things to people.

In fact, my ex husband and his sister lost their father several years ago.  He'd remarried and had been married only 4 short years before he passed.  Because of the situation and lack of a will, the spouse got everything and his kids got nothing.  My ex was even refused his father's fishing polls - which was all he'd asked for. 

It wasn't as if his father were a poor man, his spouse was very well taken care of and could have, should have given some of the more sentimental trinkets to his children and only grandchildren (my twins) - but she chose not to.

In the end there was really no one to blame but him.  He'd neglected his own family in a way that could not be corrected.

Don't make the same mistake.

Do you have any suggestions or recommendations for people who may need a little help in this area?  Feel free to make your anonymous recommendations in the comments section of this post.

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Ginger said...

My Husband and I took it a step further and put all of our property into a trust... That helps you avoid probate court. :)