When family members do not get along with each other, they often suspect that one them will steal an inheritance from the other one. They might seek to avoid this problem. However, there is not much that can be done ahead of time.
It is common for children to distrust their step-parents. It is not always the case, but it happens often enough that it is a cliché to say step-parents and children do not get along.
The children often worry that the step-parent will seek to steal what they view as their rightful inheritance from their parent.
That is the case with someone who wrote into a Market Watch advice column titled "My mother-in-law is deceitful -- can we stop her from stealing my wife's inheritance?"
In this particular case, a man and his wife believe that his mother-in-law is evil and deceitful. They are convinced she will hide assets and fraudulently transfer accounts to herself, as soon as the wife's father passes away.
The father will not say much about it, other than stating that his children will be taken care of. They wonder what they can do to prevent this from happening and whether they should hire an attorney.
As the advice columnist points out, there is not much that can be done before the father passes away.
Hiring an attorney might just make the problem worse, especially if it angers the father.
They might also be viewing the mother-in-law incorrectly and she might have no plans to steal anyone's inheritance.
After the father passes away, there are things that can be done, if the mother-in-law is as awful as they think she is.
Reference: Market Watch (Jan. 8, 2018) "My mother-in-law is deceitful -- can we stop her from stealing my wife's inheritance?"
Suggested Key Words: Estate Planning, Inheritance