Many stepfamilies have one partner or another bringing a child or children from a previous relationship with them. Any remarriage can complicate estate planning, but this is especially true when it involves children from prior marriage – and even more so when couples have additional children together.
Step families face complicated challenges when they begin to plan their estates. It is important that adults create a will, trusts or other estate plan if it is their intention to provide for the entirety of their family. This will help to create certainty and bring order to even the most complicated family circumstances.
Assets are usually left to the surviving spouse, who then decides how the assets are distributed upon their death. In these circumstances all of your assets, or the assets you have inherited, could be given to your step children rather than shared with your children as you may have intended. We can help you confirm your intentions and ensure that your wishes are followed.
If you would like to discuss estate planning for step families and create financial certainty for your loved ones please call 0151 702 5400 or click here to contact our friendly, experienced family law solicitors.