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Including in-laws in your will

There always seems to be jokes about a person's in-laws and how they are crazy, mean, lazy or worse. But for many Kent area residents, in-laws are beloved members of their family. When a person is creating their will they may wonder if they should include specific in-laws, many times their son-in-law or daughter-in-law.

Estate planning is unique to every family and their needs and desires. There are certain things a family may want to consider if they want to include their in-laws in their will. A person may want to consider if this is the first marriage for their child, how long the couple has been married, if there are kids from other relationships and whether the couple has separated in the past. A person may worry that part of their estate will be given to a son or daughter-in-law, their child may die and the in-law would re-marry and use their inheritance in their new relationship. If a family wants to include their in-laws it may be wise to put in the will that they will inherit the assets only if they are still married to the spouse.

A legal professional skilled in estate planning may be a good resource for families who are looking to update their will or trust or create a new one. An attorney has the expertise needed to create a plan that honors a family's wishes and includes all appropriate heirs in the distribution of property. A will, trust, living will and other estate planning documents can offer a family peace of mind that their assets will be protected and distributed appropriately after their death.

When a person creates their will they want it to be meaningful and include the people that mean the most to them. This may include their in-laws and other people who are not typically the first to be considered. Each person has the right to include whomever they want and a will can make sure their wishes are carried out accordingly.

Source:, "Legal-Ease: In-laws in the will?," Lee R. Schroeder, July 9, 2016

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