What to do if my family thrwathened me about accepting any money from my maternal grandmother who just died and had me as a beneficiary?

My parents said that through my uncle’s Will, it states that I must refuse any benefits other than his or I will be written off of it. So my grandmother who has been a part of my everyday life since I was born wanted to give me some of her insurance money upon her death. Now I guess that I am supposed to refuse the benefits so that I can have benefits from a different Will. Is this legal to have someone threaten me about taking any money from anyone that through funding out by a lawyer I can be written off his Will and any benefits he decided to leave for me? Does this even make sense? Has this ever happened before?

Asked on November 4, 2013 under Estate Planning, Oregon


Anne Brady / Law Office of Anne Brady

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

Certainly people can put conditions for inheritance into a will.  For example, a will could state that you inherit some money only if you are unmarried at the time of the decedent's death.  In the case of your uncle, the will probably states that you inherit provided at the time of your uncle's death you have not received any other inheritance or benefit from the death of another person.  The rub of course is that you could refuse the grandmother's inheritance and your uncle could later get angry with you and write you out of his will altogether.  A person can always change his mind and change his will.  In fact, you could ask your uncle to take that clause out of his will so you can inherit from both him and your grandmother.

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