Choosing an Heir Outside of the Family

Even if you have no preferred heirs, you could still prevent your estate from escheating by nominating alternate beneficiaries. An alternate beneficiary could be:

  • A domestic partner
  • A close friend
  • A personal business
  • A charitable trust
  • A household pet

However, naming an alternate beneficiary poses some measure of risk. If you have no estate plan, a living relative—no matter how distant—could be entitled to your assets through the process of intestate succession.

Protecting Alternative Heirs With an Effective Estate Plan

An experienced California estate planning lawyer could help you protect your estate from uncertainty by explaining your rights and helping establish any of the following:

Every estate is different, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution to estate planning. Nevertheless, an estate plan remains the only effective way to protect an estate from uncertainty and escheatment.

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