The federal government
Your state government
A judge in your local probate court.
Your heirs, who must come to an agreement
Spouse number one.
Spouse number two.
Each gets half.
A judge has to decide.
Maybe, depending on your state law.
It depends on whether your will said you would be moving out-of-state
Your best friend.
Anyone who is named a beneficiary in your will.
No, because anyone can decline to be an executor or a co-executor.
No, because he is not a blood relative.
No, because he did not get your permission to name you executor.
Yes, because his will is a legal document and you are legally bound.
Claiming your mother was not mentally competent at the time she made the will.
Claiming that she was pressured and being unduly influenced by your two sisters.
Claiming that she repeatedly told all of you that you would each inherit the same amount.
Claiming that she had been given incompetent legal advice.
The assets in it do not have to go through the probate process, saving legal and administrative fees.
Assets in a living trust are not exempt from federal and state estate taxes.
Its assets are listed in your court’s public record of probate assets.
If it is a revocable trust, you can dissolve it at any time during your lifetime, and put the assets back in your name.
Making a new will
Having your attorney write a letter stating that you told her you wanted the beneficiary changed.
Attaching to the will a codicil (addendum) that has been signed and witnessed.
The same as the other two — after all, he is your biological child.
Depends on applicable state law.
You executor would decide.
All of your estate — he could claim deliberate cruelty or exclusion.
You can’t disinherit your spouse. He usually would get at least a third
The local probate judge would decide.
Whichever of them can prove that the two of you named that person as guardian.
Your brother, because he is a blood relative.
The executor makes the decision.
The probate court makes the decision.
Your children only get what’s left of the $15,000 after probate because, regardless of the amount you wanted your children to receive, the house is deeded to your husband.
Your husband must sell the house (because half of it is your estate and therefore must be liquidated). He must then give your children their money, plus his share of the appreciation in the house.
Your spouse must give your children $50,000 each.
None of the above.
Inform the IRS.
Get a Social Security number for the trust.
Tell the future trustee.
None of the above.
No federal estate taxes are due on assets given to a spouse at death.
$ 2 Million
A testamentary trust (a trust that goes into effect upon your death).
Depends on the beneficiary.
None of it.
All of it.
Half of it.
They each get half.
The probate judge has to decide.
He has just given you the right to appoint yourself owner of all his assets.
He has given you the right to make financial decisions and take actions on his behalf, starting now.
He has given you the right to make financial decisions and take actions on his behalf, but only if he becomes incompetent and cannot do so on his own.
He has disinherited you, but you have the right to decide who will inherit his money when he dies.
She has just given you the right to appoint yourself owner of all her assets.
She has given you the right to make financial decisions and take actions on her behalf, starting now.
She has given you the right to make financial decisions and take actions on her behalf, but only if she becomes incompetent and cannot do so on her own.
She has disinherited you, but you have the right to decide who will inherit her money when she dies.
A will that lists who is to inherit her property at her death.
A document that allows the person she has named to write checks from her account to pay medical expenses.
A document that gives very specific instructions about how she wants her medical care handled at the end of her life and when to stop certain types of care.
A will that says that no future wills can ever be made.
The location of any valuables or documents hidden away to protect against theft.
Approximately how much money you have and how much you think their inheritance will be.
The location of lists showing all your account numbers and where property and legal documents are located.
Location of instructions for your burial service and any personal wishes about distribution of assets.
Your total assets.
Your total assets, less debts.
Your total assets, less debts, administrative, legal, and all estate fees.
Your total assets, less the value of any bequests you have made that were part of the lifetime exclusion amount allowed under estate tax law.
A person who is unsure who to name as beneficiary.
A person who plans to name several different people — including non-family members — as beneficiaries.
A person whose estate exceeds the amount of the federal estate exemption laws.
A person who plans to include a stinging rebuke of a family member in the will
A will, living will, durable power of attorney and health care proxy.
A will, living trust, testamentary trust and estate power of attorney.
None of the above.