What can I do if I want to make arrangements for after my death regarding property that I will inherit?

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What can I do if I want to make arrangements for after my death regarding property that I will inherit?

My father passed away years back and his will allowed a lifetime estate on the house/farm to my Mother. When she passes away the house/farm is to be sold and divided between myself and 3 brothers. However, 2 of my brothers have passed away but prior to passing they made legal arrangements for their part of estate to go to other parties. I have had cancer and would like to make arrangements for my part of estate to go to a named party also. How do I go about getting this done and is there a legal term for this?

Asked on October 31, 2014 under Estate Planning, Georgia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Yes, the legal term is a "will," and it directs the disposition of all property (and property interests) of a person at the time of her or her death. (Alternately, anything you currently own may be placed into a trust for the benefit of individuals or institutions [such as charities]). What you describe is fairly straightforward, but it is best to allow an attorney to draft the documents for you: if you describe to any attorney who handles trusts estates what you want, that lawyer should be able to reflect your wishes in a will (and/or a trust).


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