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Estate Planning Focus – Fall 2020

FROM THE CHAIR - Jennifer Remondino

Avoid Accidentally Disinheriting Children in Blended Families

If you have children from a previous relationship or marriage and want to provide for your current spouse at your death, consider leaving your assets in an ongoing irrevocbale trust or your surviving spouse rather than to the spouse outright. Assets that your spouse receives outright will be controlled by the spouse's estate plan at the time of his or her death. Those assets will also be vulnerable to the surviving spouse's creditors, such as a future failed marriage. Without an ongoing trust arrangement, we often see assets completely consumed during the survivor's lifetime or redirected at his or her death, and the children of the first spouse to pass away receive nothing.

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