Is it possible to legally disown my brother?

In terms of him not being listed on any official document as my sibling or relative? This also includes if something were to happen to him as well (i.e. a life threatening car accident, etc). I’ve verbally explained to him I want nothing to do with him but I want to persue legal action as well.

Asked on July 10, 2014 under Estate Planning, Connecticut

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

No, you cannot change the fact that he is your brother. What you can do is:

1) Given someone else a POA over your affairs in the event you are disabled, with instructions in that document to not do anything with/for your brother, to make sure that if you  are disabled, the court does not appoint your brother to manage your affairs.

2) Similarly appoint someone other than your brother your health care proxy, to make medical decisions for you if disabled.

3) Draw up a will that leaves everything to others and states that your brother gets nothing from you.

4) You could even change your last name legally, to symbollically sever that connection and make it less likely that others will associate the two of you.


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