6 estate planning techniques for blended families
Abstract: A “blended family” is more than just a staple of TV sitcoms. Today, it’s not unusual for a household to include children and even grandchildren from prior marriages, as well as adopted family members or same-sex couples. These various family arrangements can create estate planning complications that could lead to challenges in the courts. This article examines six techniques that can reduce the chances of family squabbles and preserve wealth for heirs. A sidebar notes the importance of updating plan and policy beneficiaries, since beneficiary designations generally trump conflicting provisions of a will.