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Unequal Inheritances

A final parental communication

When clients design their estate plans, they can alter the default inheritance laws that would otherwise apply in intestacy. While state laws may differ regarding the inheritance rights and the default percentage of a surviving spouse, modern intestacy statutes are designed to ensure that a decedent’s surviving children (and any deceased child leaving descendants) all essentially inherit in equal percentages.1 Most clients tend to emulate this default regime and strive to provide


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