Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, April 5, 2012


ImagesBeing disinherited happens more than we might think, and can happen for a multitude of reasons. Malice, fear, and payback are some of the common reasons that the deceased will opt to disinherit certain individuals. Egotism and fear come into play when dying individuals are concerned that their heirs can’t handle the inherited wealth or will squander it. The sting of disinheritance can be even worse if the estate is distributed outside of the family. Many of those who have been disinherited feel psychologically attacked after it happens.

See Diane Mapes, Last Will and Contempt? The Pain of Being Disinherited, msnbc.com, Mar. 15, 2012.

Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.


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