Disinheriting an Adult Child

Many parents enjoy a warm, loving relationship with their adult children. Whether they’re married, have kids or are still single, there’s a different relationship that forms once the kids have grown up and moved out.

As children become adults, they mature, learn to be responsible and eventually, understand why their parents may have been so hard on them growing up. This helps to nurture this new, adult relationship between parents and children as they become adults. Sometimes, our probate lawyer in Cary NC finds that this might not always be the case. 

Disinheriting an Adult Child | Probate Lawyer in Cary NC

Unfortunately, there are sometimes cases when parents and adult children do not get along. Maybe the parents aren’t perceived as being fair in some fashion or the adult child or children have held a grudge about something that has been blown out of proportion. Whatever the case, it’s possible that you and your adult children become estranged.

As a parent, it’s hard to see your child walk out the door and never look back. It’s devastating to know that you may have tried reaching out, time and time again to no avail. Unfortunately, this sometimes happens and there’s little that can be done about it. Only time, forgiveness and patience will tell what may happen in the future.

The definition of estranged is someone who is unsympathetic, indifferent or unaffectionate to a loved one. It’s turning away from someone that once meant a great deal to you. We hear about estranged wives or husbands all the time. It’s not as common to hear about an estranged son or daughter.

When our children decide to turn away from us, it’s difficult to rebound from it. There’s a sadness stage, grieving stage, and then eventually an anger stage. You’ll harbor hurt feelings, confusion and anger for a long time. In many cases, prolonged estrangement from an adult child can seem childish. Especially if the parents have tried to forgive, forget and move on from the situation several times.

The hurt and disrespect you’ve been receiving for years might lead you to decide to legally disinherit your adult child. This is a legal option that is possible in all U.S. states with the exception of Louisiana. You can transfer all property to someone else during your lifetime. You can also leave property to someone else under a valid will, as long as everything is updated during your lifetime.

Our probate lawyer in Cary NC knows that if you’re considering disinheriting a child, you may be going through a lot of pain and sorrow. Though it’s something no one wants to think about, it is important to make sure you understand every factor involved in disinheriting a child. To learn more, be sure to visit back with our next blog post, soon.

Klish and Eldreth, PLLC | Probate Lawyer in Cary NC

If you don’t have an estate plan in place or haven’t reviewed yours in several years, now might be the best time to start. Our probate lawyer in Cary NC is here to help you get your estate planning in order and ready should you pass in an untimely manner or become incapacitated at some point. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to an estate plan. Contact our office.

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If you’re interested in learning more about disinheritance, be sure to visit back with other blogs, below:

  • Disinheriting an Adult Child
  • Referring to a Disinherited Child in Your Will
  • Reasons Parents Might Disinherit Children
  • Problems that Can Come with Disinheritance

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