“What To Do When You Hate Your Son-In-Law: A Practical Lesson In Estate Planning”

After the death of a close family member, the proceedings can go one of many ways. If there is a will, an Estate Administration will be done. If there isn’t one, the case goes to Probate Court. However, even if there is a will, when a child is disinherited, a will contest can happen, and it will be publicly scrutinized.

For example, in the UK, Gillian Williams disinherited her daughter, Julie Fairs, and her husband Brian, because of her hatred for her son-in-law. Now, Julie and Brian are accused of forging Gillian’s signature on a will that includes Brian, which family member testify that Gillian would never do.

“The Williams situation has progressed into a very public trial wherein various family members have been summoned to publicly testify about the family’s dirty laundry. Although trials for will contests are often avoided, the underlying emotions, as they relate to in-laws, remain ubiquitous and clients constantly complain about their in-laws.”

There are other ways to disinherit your in-laws, that may result in less public motions. It’s important to remember that the law has many caveats, and there may be certain types of documents that let you do EXACTLY what you want to do.

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