Sixteen Estate-Planning Lessons from 'Game of Thrones'

All men must die. For fans of 'Game of Thrones,' the show’s parade of deaths over six seasons provides a practical guide to succession planning do’s and don’ts.

With its imminent return on July 16, it’s time to check in again on HBO’s "Game of Thrones." The show not only entertains its devoted fans, it also provides a practical guide to succession planning do’s and don’ts. The (spoiler alert) deaths of Ned Stark, Joffrey Baratheon and countless others provide an interesting peek into the aftermath of sudden death and the benefits of planning for the unexpected. As Jaqen H'ghar tells Arya Stark at the end of Season 2, "Valar Morghulis," or, translated, "All men must die."

Check out these 16 estate-planning lessons. (Several of these involve major plot points from all six seasons of "Game of Thrones." Proceed at your own risk.)

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