Disinheriting Children Are Marked by Family Dysfunction and Ill-WillIt may seem cruel or mean to some people that a person would actually want to disinherit a child or adult. Just consider it, there is a will and all of the family gets something from the estate, except for one child who is to get nothing. This is the dramatic scene in the movies, where the family is huddled around the attorney reading the will in a somber office. At the end of the document, it is usually spoken with reverence something like this: “And to my good for nothing son Dylan, I leave only one dollar. This will force him to finally understand the value of working harder in life!” Usually though, most disinheritances are not this dramatic and happen all the time. People have personal, business or professional reasons for disinheriting a child. It is fully within their rights to do so as the goal of any complete Texas estate plan is to fully effectuate the wishes of the individual, which includes excluding and including certain people. When you disinherit a child, you must consider many other related factors:
- If a child is disinherited, it may make for family drama, dysfunction or ill-will within the family unit.
- If there is a will specifically disinheriting a child (adult), this should be clearly specified in any will or trust that you prepare formally. There is the wondering of why this is being done, but no reason need be marked in the legal document, just a very clear intention. You can just state that you are making this an intentional act, to prevent the child or adult from later claiming it was a mistake on your part.