I am estranged from my family, and I am very concerned that they may try to cause problems after I die. What can I do to prevent this from happening?
Your situation is far more common than what most people care to admit about other blood family members.
You have the absolute choice regarding who will serve as your fiduciaries under your Last Will and Testament and your incapacity documents. The more definitive you are about what you want to happen and who you want to benefit from your estate, the less likely you need to worry about your family's benefit. Equally important is ensuring that you are explicit about who you DO want to be involved in your affairs or making decisions for you if you are incapacitated. You need to have your decisions and wishes clearly documented in a legally enforceable form.
Depending upon your life situation, a revocable trust may make sense or designate specific accounts as a transfer on death. But these types of decisions should be reviewed with your estate planning attorney before you take action.
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