It is not easy to think of death. However, without the proper estate planning documents, your loved ones can be thrown into the chaos of an estate settlement without a will. Our stories below are examples of just that – the horrors of dying without a will.
Absolute is never over
Sarah’s husband died suddenly without a will. This was a second marriage for both Sarah and her husband. When Sarah called our office, we began investigating the inheritance of her husband’s estate. We found out that his previous divorce which was filed over 12 years ago was never finalised. Therefore, we had to inform Sarah that she and her late husband never legally married and that everything she thought was community property wasn’t actually. Since his divorce did not go through properly, the house she and her late husband bought when they were married 10 years ago is now owned by Sarah and his ex-wife’s other half.
…if only her husband had a will.
Yarod’s wife was sick and dead without creating a last will. Before the couple met, she had a child and offered the baby up for adoption. She had little contact with the baby as the years went by.
Jarrod and his wife have been married for just over 30 years and have accumulated a number of community property including their home. Jarrod contacted our office for assistance with a will in his wife’s estate. After researching the matter, we had to inform him that the assets of their community, including their home, were only half of it and the other half owned by her adopted child.
…if only his wife had a will.
Lisa called our office after her father passed away. Lisa’s father died without a will. We looked at her father’s estate and found that he was unmarried at the time of his death and had only two children: daughter Lisa and son Brett, both adults. We also found out that 6 months before his death, he had moved in with his girlfriend of two years. During our investigation, her father’s friend filed a probate procedure identifying herself as the common-law wife. We had to tell Lisa and her brother that if she made the deposit she would get a portion of his estate.
… if only their father had a will.
If the parties in the stories above took the time to draft and sign a last will, their property and assets would go to exactly whom they chose and would save their loved ones stress, time, and money. Having the right estate planning documents in place can save your loved ones from experiencing one of these horror stories!
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