Daily business Q&A: Wills generally are inefficient in gifting to problematic adult children

Matt Hopkins of Lester, Loving & Davies discusses establishing trusts for gambling, disabled, minor and other children.
by Paula Burkes Published: February 12, 2013
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Daily Q&A with Matt Hopkins

Legal trust can help ensure heir doesn't quickly squander share

Q: How do parents provide for a child with a gambling problem in their will, but also protect that share from being wasted after they die?

A: Many people I have helped with estate planning over the years have had at least one beneficiary who just couldn't manage his affairs. Along with addictive behavior, a grown child with a problematic spouse may make it necessary to protect the child's share. Children with mental or physical disabilities may require help managing their money to best meet their needs over many years. And those of us with minor children may want to dole out funds to them in stages as they age in order to make sure their long-term needs are met.

Q: Is a will enough to protect the gambler?

A: No. A will generally is insufficient to protect an heir from his own irresponsible behavior or problematic circumstance. When you pass your property by will, your child gets the property in one lump sum.

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by Paula Burkes
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A 1981 journalism graduate of Oklahoma State University, Paula Burkes has more than 30 years experience writing and editing award-winning material for newspapers and healthcare, educational and telecommunications institutions in Tulsa, Oklahoma...
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