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Estate planning flexibility: man leaves estate to strangers

A man in another state surprised two unsuspecting strangers when they found out the man had willed them his entire estate. The two actors had never met the man who bequeathed his estate, but they will be receiving checks for approximately half a million dollars each after the estate is sold off. The man had no family, and may have been a big fan of the two actors. He also left $5,000 to a humane society.

As out of the ordinary as this situation might seem, the man made the will many years before he died, and so far no one has contested the will. This shows that many estate planning documents can help a person make their wishes known, even to people or organizations that don't know they might be beneficiaries to an estate.

Many times people chose to discuss their estate plan with their loved ones and share their hopes for the use of their assets. In this case, the man wanted to show his appreciation and admiration for two people he thought influenced his life, and an organization he saw worthwhile.

Estate planning can be as simple or as detailed as a person chooses. Sometimes these decisions cause controversy among family members. To avoid confusion or debate as to whether someone was of sound mind, having an estate plan from an early adult age can help. An experienced estate planning attorney can help a person understand how each document works within an estate plan and how assets might be distributed.

Source: Good Morning America, "Man's Estate Left to Actors He Never Met," Susanna Kim, Feb. 8, 2013

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