There are many reasons people may choose to disinherit a family member. If this choice is made, it is important that it is done properly. If not, the courts may end up awarding the disinherited person an inheritance anyway. Reviewing your estate plan, insurance policies, retirement plans, annuities, property held, etc. annually will ensure that all desired beneficiaries are named correctly. After death, if a disinherited family member’s name is left on a life insurance policy, 401K, IRA, or similar asset, they may still receive benefits, even if your estate plan disinherits them specifically. An asset held jointly will pass to the surviving joint owner at the death of one owner, no matter what the estate planning document outlines. In addition, if you leave assets to specified beneficiaries and name their successors as your heirs at law, the disinherited family member may qualify as a successor beneficiary unless it is detailed in your estate plan otherwise. An experienced, qualified, estate planning attorney can help you navigate the process and procedure for disinheriting a family member. By evaluating your estate and wishes for distribution, a customized estate plan can be drafted to safeguard your desires for your assets at your death. The experienced and qualified attorneys at Ambler Keenan Mitchell Johnson offer a free, one-hour, initial estate planning consultation. Take advantage of the opportunity to find out how you can plan for your assets to go to your preferred beneficiaries. Call 303-407-1542 to schedule your meeting with an attorney at Ambler Keenan Mitchell Johnson in Denver, Colorado.