Why Parents Should Leave Nothing To Their Kids In Their Will, According To A Lawyer

We’ve all heard stories about kids losing their parents and finding out they weren’t in the will. But one lawyer says this is actually the preferred choice — provided you take alternate steps, of course.

The lawyer explained why parents should leave nothing to their children in their will, and what they should do instead.

It sounds harsh, but we’re not actually talking about disinheriting your kids, leaving everything to your dog, or using your will to make some kind of pointed statement like those high-profile estate debacles we’ve all heard about.

Rather, money protection attorney Brittany Cohen explained that will not actually be the best way to protect and allocate assets to those left behind.

In a TikTok, Cohen explained why parents should leave nothing to their kids in their will, other common money moves that are big no-nos, and what parents should do instead. Hint: It’s things we all tend to assume are just for rich people, but definitely aren’t!

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1. Never leave anything to your children at will.

That means cutting them out of the will, yes — but not in the way you’d assume.

“Instead, I would leave everything to a trust where my kids are named as the beneficiaries on that trust,” Cohen explained.

A trust is a legal arrangement that spells out how assets can be used during a person’s lifetime, as well as to whom, and how, they should be passed on after a person’s death.

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We typically think of these as strictly the province of the very rich — many of us have known a “trust-fund baby” in our day — but they’re actually just simple legal arrangements applicable to even minimal assets, like a car and house . And unlike wills, they protect your assets from many forms of taxation, family members contesting the will, and other common estate problems like the probate court system (more on that mess later).

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