Often there are assets such as life insurance where there is either a designated beneficiary or the contract provides for a beneficiary other than the probate estate. These assets legally pass outside the provisions of the Will.
Wills only control those assets that are in the decedent's sole name at death. Other assets can pass via beneficiary designation like life insurance, IRAs, retirement plans, annuities. Other assets can be set up as payable on death, like US savings bonds, bank accounts, etc. These designations overule or trump anything that is in the will. Get with an estates attorney if you are unsure how to proceed.
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