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Disinheriting in a will can be contentious for New Jersey families

A family member was left out of the will. This can be a startling revelation after a loved one passes away. There are many occasions in New Jersey when one family member receives nothing from a parent or other relative after their passing. While this might seem like an insensitive way of posthumously destroying a relationship, the intentions of the family member who died may have been good-natured.

Sometimes parents may disinherit one child and give all of the assets to their other children. However unfair this might appear, the parent may have wanted to give assets to those that need the money, not to the extremely financially successful child. Because everyone has their reasons for leaving a family member out of a will, it is important that language within the will is chosen carefully.

Using too strong of language within the will could hurt the person's feelings, even if that isn't the testator's intention. Also, completely leaving a person out of any reference within the will could have negative effects. These subjects are often delicate to discuss with family members. Although discussing a will with family members can be difficult, it can help ensure family members of your intentions.

Wording a will properly may be the most important thing when disinheriting a person. An experienced estate planning attorney can help New Jersey families word their will appropriately, without diminishing the legal validity of the will. No matter a person's reason for making their will the way it is, it can be helpful in leaving a reason for family members.

Source: Reuters, "How to disinherit loved ones -and which you can't," Feb. 1, 2013

-Leaving a will for a New Jersey family doesn't have to be contentious. Please visit our law firm website to learn more about important estate planning documents.

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