When naming guardians for your children in your will, it is usually best to name a guardian who lives relatively close to your child. However in many families, those who have the closest relationships with the kids are not necessarily those who live the closest, and and it is usually not a problem to name a guardian who lives far away.
If we do nothing else to take care of our legal affairs, we should write a will. If you don't make a will before your death, state law will determine who gets your property and a judge may decide who will raise your children.
Some very close relatives -- a surviving spouse and sometimes children or grandchildren -- have the right to claim an inheritance, and in some cases this can override what it says in your will. Here's how it works:
My father married a woman 20 years ago who treats me like scum. I try to get along with her, but it's obvious that I'm wasting my time. If something happens to me before I make a will, is there a possibility that my stepmother will be included when my property is divided?
I'm a single mom getting ready to make a will. I plan to leave everything to my five-year-old daughter and name my sister to raise her. My only concern is that my sister might not be able to manage the money and property that my daughter would inherit. Any ideas?
I am adopted. Some years ago, my mother put her and my father's house in my brother's and my name. Our mother now has Alzheimer's and our father died earlier this year. My brother told me that our father had me removed from his will. (After my father became blind and unable to drive, he also became very angry at everyone.) Now my brother, who is well off financially, is trying to sell the house at auction. It was my mother's wish that I have a share of the house. What legal recourse do I have?