This week, I worked with three different clients whose families had some involvement with one or more disinherited children. Two of my clients treat their children disproportionately, or totally disinherit a child. The third client has been emotionally and financially disinherited by one of her parents. I ruminated on the family circumstances that led to

In a recent case, Estate of Ina Ruth Brown, the Tennessee Court of Appeals upheld the validity of a contract to execute Wills. These contracts are most often used in second marriages when at least one of the spouses has children from a prior marriage.

The contract typically works as follows: Each spouse agrees to