(Closed) Childfree Bees: Who will you leave your estate to when you die?

posted 4 years ago in No Kids
Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I have 2 nieces so I imagine things will be left to them.

Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

H and I both have nieces and nephews.  Barring anyone else who may come into our lives, and a trust for any pets we may have, I think I’d be fine letting them split it.  His niece and one of mine were both born in my birth month, and since my e-ring and wedding band have my birthstone, I was considering leaving one to each girl.  

We will probably not have a lot to leave, and hopefully have plenty of time to consider it.

Post # 18
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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OldestTree :  I like it – I’d just want to be sure they had provisions to keep it and not be homeless again a short while later.

Post # 19
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: Dorset, UK

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OldestTree :  Not mad – wonderful!

 

If I never had kids but my sister did I would leave my estate to them… not that there would be much!

Post # 20
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Bumble bee

We’ll be leaving the bulk spread (equally) to our nieces and nephews, and then probably charity as well. 

Post # 21
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

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emeraldmay :  In your case, I’d donate the entire thing to charity. 

We will probably set up a trust for my nephew (or nephews and neices at that point) and donate the rest. 

Post # 22
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Busy bee

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lightchaser :  Hahah my brother would give everything he has to the dog as well 🙂 

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

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emeraldmay :  donate it to charity! I recommend choosing a small local charity, as a large donation can really have an impact. I work for a local charity in Ottawa, Canada and if we received a large gift (say $100k) it would make a HUGE impact on us! If you don’t have anyone you feel very close to, why not make a difference for hundreds of people in need? 🙂

Post # 24
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Blushing bee

I am a youngest sibling with 7 and counting nieces and nephews. I plan on leaving select special items to them each but I don’t plan on having much money left, I want to see and do as much as possible throughout my senior years! They are all well set up in their own immediate families, no guilt haha. If there is any I would like it to go to charities, animal shelters and orphans/abused children etc.

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Well, I’ll be dead so I wouldn’t really care. But charity would be a nice thing to do. Maybe distant family members can decide if they want some familial heirlooms or not. 

Post # 26
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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emeraldmay :  I work in a law office as an assistant and here is what I see alot of being done by child free people: 

-leaving everything/portions to their caretaker

-leaving everything/portions to their best friend(s)

-leaving everything/portions to their nieces/nephews

-leaving everything/portions to their church or another charity organization

Make sure if you have a pet to designate someone to care for them! We have many clients concerned aobut this (nearly everyone here has pets) and write it into their estate planning- it’s heartbreaking to think your fur-baby could end up in a shelter upon your death! 

Post # 27
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2016 - Our little church

I don’t have any biological children but my Fiance does. It is unlikely that I will have any due to my health issues. We have spoken about this a lot because of his children. If he passes first everything is left to me and I am to leave the property to his children and my sister’s children who are growing up with his children. If I pass first I told him to leave the property to his children and my belonging will go to his daughter’s and my nieces.

Post # 28
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

Our siblings

Post # 29
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Helper bee

My sister or her kids and of course, my furbabies will be included in this will. Someone will take care of my babies when I’m gone. If not, I swear I will haunt my sister for life.

Post # 30
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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emeraldmay :   A dog rescue group, and a guide dog foundation are now my primary beneficiaries.  I have no plans to change that.  My DH has family and has provided amply for them.  His nieces will get the jewelry.  🙂

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