Orange County California
Trust Attorneys

Call us: (714) 282-7488
Select Page

You love your stepchild and think of the child as your own. However, the law does not. If you were to die without an estate plan, your stepchild would not have the same rights as your biological or adopted children except in very limited circumstances. So,here is a estate plan guide for new stepparents. If your intent is to provide for your stepchild in the same manner as you would any of your other children, it is important that you take action to modify your existing estate plan to include your stepchild.

Take These Steps to Protect Your Family

As a new stepparent, it is important to:

  • Talk to your spouse. Together, you may decide how all of your children will benefit from both of your estates. You both may want to modify your estate plans to include each other’s children from former marriages. Or you each may want to leave estate money and property to your own biological or adopted children and not your stepchildren. These are important issues to discuss.
  • Consider your options. If you modify your estate plan to include your stepchildren, there are various options to consider. You may want to leave them specific property or make them the beneficiary of a trust. You may want them to receive an equal share of the estate. Once you make these decisions, it’s important to have your wishes written in your estate plan as soon as possible.
  • Talk to an estate planning lawyer. You don’t want your children, stepchildren, or other beneficiaries to fight over or challenge your estate after your death. Thus, it is important to make sure that your estate is legally binding and enforceable after your death.

Here is a estate plan guide for new stepparents. This may be the time to modify your estate plan. Here, find out what to consider when you make changes. Because you want to protect everyone you love, we encourage you to think about your options, and take appropriate action as soon as you become a stepparent. Even if you have been a stepparent for some time, it is not too late to act or to protect your stepchild.

Pin It on Pinterest

Due to the CoVid19 virus California has issued a Stay-at-Home order. We understand how important the health and safety of our clients, and our staff is. We are complying with this order by continuing to work from our homes. While we are not in the office, we are still here to answer your questions, conducting consultations for review, and initial appointments by phone and email during normal business hours. We know that in this time, more than ever, it is important to have peace of mind about your estate planning. We are here to help you through this. Call our office number or email us and we will respond as quickly as possible.