A will or trust explains what you want to have happen to your assets when you die, hopefully in a very, very long time. While most people understand that a will explains what to do with money, property, and children, there are other parts you might be surprised by.
She can only mouth words and nod her head, but a bed-bound, 91-year-old Long Island woman has made herself clear — she does not want to be taken off the machines that keep her alive.
The death of a beneficiary scenario can arise in settling either a probate estate or a trust administration. The beneficiary’s death affects both the administration of the first decedent’s probate estate or trust and the administration of the beneficiary’s own estate.
It’s very common for spouses to title property they own together as ‘joint with right of survivorship.’ When one passes, the other owns the property outright. It’s simple, easy and automatic. However, it can get messy when the other joint owner isn’t your spouse.