In the United States we like to talk about our freedoms and how we are a free people. While that is true, if you think about it, we are actually restricted in what we can do in all sorts of ways. Most of these are ways that we do not even think of as restricting our freedom because they just seem natural to us. An extreme example of this is that we do not see it as a restriction on our freedom that we are not allowed to murder whomever we want. However, in a way it is a restriction.
We are just used to restrictions on our freedom. However, there is one area of our lives where there are very few restrictions. In fact, the only real restrictions are those that are based on choices that we have made. That area of life is deciding who gets your property after you pass away. As long as you did not choose to get married, you can give your property to whomever you want. You are perfectly free to give your property to anyone.
That does not mean that it is easy to exercise this estate planning freedom. You have to do it the right way, and for that you will want an estate planning attorney.
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