Gates’ reasoning is the common one that he does not think it would be good for his children to receive such large inheritances and that they should earn their own money. He did also say, however, that he will provide his kids with money for college and a safety net.

According to Gates, his children agree with his wishes and reasoning.

Beyond the two extremes of leaving children everything and leaving them nothing, there is plenty of room in between. Estate plans can be created that give the children some funds and plans can be crafted in such a way to incentivize children to do good things and work hard in exchange for larger inheritances.

An estate planning attorney can guide you through a plan that will meet your unique circumstances.

Philip J. Kavesh
Nationally recognized attorney helping clients with customized estate planning guidance for over 40 years.
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