YOU ARE NOT ENTITLED TO AN INHERITANCE; ALSO, WHAT YOUR DECEASED RELATIVE MAY HAVE INTENDED DOESN’T MATTER IF IT WASN’T WRITTEN DOWN IN A GOVERNING DOCUMENT
Sorry, these are the rules. I didn’t make them. They’re just the rules. There are exceptions, but in general:
1) You aren’t entitled to anything from an estate or trust unless you are named in a governing document or, if there is no governing document, you are legally an heir of the deceased person.
2) For a paper to qualify as a governing document for a will or trust, the paper has to meet specific legal requirements.
The reason for these rules should be fairly obvious. Without them, every estate or trust administration would be a free-for-all.
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