My uncle passed away and left everything to me in his will. His children are very upset. What are my options?
Haley Bianco: It’s time for “The Law And You” where we give you free legal advice on your TV in your living room. Joining us today, we have attorneys Greg Fellerman and Harry McGrath, back for more. Nice to see you both. We’re glad to have you here.
Greg Fellerman: We’re glad to be here and we’re excited to answer these questions. So, let’s do it.
Haley Bianco: Alright.
Harry McGrath: Let’s hear it.
Haley Bianco: Jump on in! This question from Nick in Pittston. He says, “My uncle passed away and left everything to me in his will. His children are very upset. What are my options?” I’d imagine they’re a little annoyed there.
Harry McGrath: Yeah, they could be annoyed but you know, the fact of the matter is, based on what you told us, as long as the will is valid and there’s no, you know, issues with how it was created, then, you know, you’re gonna be the person that makes the decisions about what happens to those assets, whatever they are. Because by law, they’ll be yours. And we do see this at times where there might be a strained relationship with immediate family and someone outside of the, you know, the nuclear group grows closer to the person. They create a valid will and they leave the money elsewhere, and that’s what, you know, the law allows for. So, as long as that will is enforceable, you don’t have any issues, other than some relatives that might be annoyed at you.
Greg Fellerman: Or you could be responding to a will contest, which is a tough burden on people. If that will was procured with, you know, no undue influence, nothing like that. If it’s valid, you know I agree with Harry. I think they’re gonna have a tough time displacing you from the dispositions. You know, that’s what a will is for, for them to make what they want happen and they put it down in writing. So, that’s why it’s so important when you do your will, make sure, you know, you have a good lawyer to help you prepare those and understand everything you’re doing. And make sure all the “i”s are dotted and “t”s are crossed because you want to avoid this exact scenario for the person your doing the benefactor for your will.
Harry McGrath: That’s exactly right. The devil is in the details with respect to wills.
Greg Fellerman: And don’t hesitate. Please. We tell people if you don’t plan now, plan to fail because it’s going to be a mess.
Harry McGrath: Give us a buzz on that.
Greg Fellerman: Yep. Absolutely.
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