There was once a time when the “Leave It To Beaver” family dynamic was considered to be more or less the only option. We are not in any way attempting to tarnish the value of the family unit as it was depicted in the series, but at the same time these days not every family is of this purely conventional variety.
It may not be the most positive statistic in the world but somewhere in the vicinity of half of marriages that are taking place during our current era wind up ending in divorce. Of course most marriages yield children and the majority of people who do get divorced eventually remarry. Blended families are the result.
Estate planning for blended families can be a bit complicated and require very specialized attention and expertise. Exactly how to proceed is going to vary depending upon the nature of your assets and exactly what it is that you want to accomplish with your legacy.
Other families are headed by same-sex couples and the family dynamic within these families can require a specialized approach as well.
Another possible scenario would be providing for a family member who has special needs. This too is going to necessitate the execution of some very pointed estate planning documents.
The above are just a few examples of some of the various family situations that can exist. Each family is unique, and every individual has a different vision for the future. To get the personalized attention that you and your family deserve, develop an ongoing relationship with an experienced and dedicated Somerset County estate planning attorney that you will feel comfortable working with for the long haul.