Thursday, October 8, 2009
The Thrill of Wills
By Ahmed Al-Salem
The thing that annoys me is the fact that there are so many arguments over money after a person dies. The laws of inheritance that are practiced when no will is in place in the United States lack common sense. If a man or woman were to die in the midst of a divorce settlement, then all the money that the husband/wife has goes to their ex. Why? That doesn’t make any sense. That’s the last person the dying person would want to have want to take their money.
I think to lessen the grief and argument that happens over wills is to make a set of rules where everyone is entitled to a piece of the money no matter what. So if you had kids then a third of your money gets split among them, if you have a wife, then another third goes to her etc. That way people would not argue and there would be no incentive to suck up to a rich dying man because the money is out of his hands. A third should be designated for the dying person to do as he pleases but there has to be a system in place where those who are closest to him are taken care of before other relationships.