When a person dies, they usually have a will. However, some assets are excluded from being included in a will. One example is property that is jointly owned. When this happens, the property passes automatically to the survivor. This means that you might not be able to receive your share of the estate if you are not listed in the will.
The executor of an estate has a legal obligation to follow the instructions outlined in a will. This means they must follow the instructions outlined in the will to ensure the assets are distributed correctly. While many people are unaware of this fact, it’s important to understand that the executor will have to follow the instructions in the will in order to carry out the wishes of the deceased. However, some types of assets may pass through beneficiary designations.
Beneficiaries are people listed in the will as beneficiaries of certain assets. The primary beneficiaries will inherit first. After the primary beneficiaries, contingent beneficiaries are listed next. In the event that the primary beneficiaries fail to act in their capacity, these assets will be distributed to the contingent beneficiaries.
It is important to review beneficiaries on a regular basis. This is important because life circumstances can change over time. If you are unsure of who the designated beneficiaries are, contact the company or individual who set up the asset. You should be able to get them to update their details. It’s also important to ensure that the beneficiaries are the intended beneficiaries of the asset.
In some cases, state law may impose a survivorship requirement on wills. This is known as the Uniform Probate Code. It applies to all states and sets out how long survivorship must be in order to transfer property. Generally, if a person dies without a will, a survivor period of five days applies. During this period, a beneficiary who is alive for an hour or more will inherit from that person’s estate.