My now ex wife received an inheritance/trust while we were married when her father died. She never notified me of it while we were married. We were married for 10 years. We divorced in 2015. She received the trust approx 2011. She approached me recently about adding me to a 1000 acre deed(the inheritance). Am I already part of this deed?
You would not be part of the deed because the deed would go to from the estate to the heirs, which you are not. I am confused as to why she would want to add you to a deed now when you divorced in 2015? I would be more concerned if she knew about the inheritance at the time of the divorce but did not disclose it you divorce proceeding. As she received the inheritance during the marriage, it would be a marital asset and therefore subject to division by the divorce court.
Not normally. The vast majority of estate plans don't necessarily include a spouse - that would be more the exception than the rule. Typically, blood lines are followed unless there are special circumstances.
It is possible that an interest in trust to a surviving child, especially where the decedent's spouse is still alive, is more contingent (that the child must survive the death of the surviving parent, and that the assets of the trust are not necessary for the surviving spouse and aren't consumed during her lifetime) and the child may or may not know or understand their rights. If someone is proposing to add you to a deed, that seems like quite a boon!
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