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My Mother Has Named My Eldest Brother, As Her Trustees,

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Why aren’t you asking Mom this question?

I’ve named my younger son as the Executor of my estate, and he’ll be the sole beneficiary of everything. He will then distribute half of anything I might leave to his older brother.

This is “right” because his older brother is a pothead who cannot be trusted to handle the estate affairs or to cooperate with his brother in settling those affairs


Professor Emeritus, Business Administration at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign1y

“My mother has named my eldest brother and his partner as her trustees, but has failed to name myself and my other brother in her will at all. Is this right?”

The OP mentions “trustee,” and this may be a critical clue as to what is going on here. Trustees administer trusts (not wills.) So, is there a trust involved? If so, the will may be largely irrelevant.

For example, all of my parents’ assets were in trusts. Each of their three children were equal beneficiaries of the trust. As trustee, I made sure that the trusts’ assets were distributed accordingly. As far as who got how much of my parents’ assets, it absolutely did not matter who was or was not named in their willings

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