By Angie Epting Morris
Every married person with children should consider the possibility
that one day something might happen to them, and that eventually
the surviving spouse might remarry. In contemplating that
situation, they should then consider what property (furniture,
jewelry, china, special keepsakes, etc.) they want to be sure ends
up belonging to their children, not sold or given to step-children
whom they do not know.
Here’s how to do this easily:
Simply make a list of all items that you want to be divided among
your children. Don’t make this process harder than necessary. You
do not need to indicate exactly what items go to which child – the
list should simply indicate all items that you want to be divided
among the children or heirs specifically named in your will.
Next, have a statement of your intent, including the list, attached
to your will as a part of your estate plan. In order to be sure
that amendments conform to the laws of your state, it is
recommended that you have this done by a professional. It’s a
simple exercise, but one that can prevent problems later.
Above all, I believe that the greatest legacy we should leave to
our children is to teach them the meaning of the “Golden Rule” – do
unto others as you would have them do unto you. Anything that lends
itself to lessening conflict during the estate settlement process
should likewise assist in teaching them this ultimate truth.
Read Dividing Estates in Blended
Who Will Care for My Children If Something Happens to Me?
Storing Your Important Records
Your Safe Deposit Box
Your Last Goodbye
Also by Angie Epting Morris:
Dividing Estates in Blended Families
How to Settle an Estate Peacefully
What is an Estate Executor?
Should I List Who Gets What in a Will?
Who Needs a Will?
Angie Epting Morris is the author of THE SETTLEMENT GAME:
How to Settle an Estate Peacefully and Fairly, a
step-by-step guide addressing the age-old problem of how to divide
personal property without dividing the family. The book is
her system is widely used and highly recommended by attorneys and
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