How can my girlfriend and I agree to leave our property to our Children?

People sometimes promise to leave all or part of their estates to a particular person or persons. This is often called a “contract to make a will,” but the promise may also be to make a particular bequest; not revoke an existing will; or not make a will (so the property will pass to the heirs under intestacy laws).

Mutual wills are wills made by two people, often spouses, in which each gives his/her estate to the other, or agree upon the distribution of their assets. If there is a contract in which each makes the will in the consideration for the other person making the will, the agreed upon dispositions of property are binding and a later change will invalidate the will. Therefore, it is possible to create a mutual will agreeing to leave property to children upon the surviving parent’s passing.

Generally, a mutual will does not become binding on the other spouse until one spouse dies. Therefore, without a contrary agreement, it may be changed up untl then. Mutual wills may contain an obligation not to revoke a will and thereby breach the agreement which is entered into at the time the mutual wills were made. Where one party has died the other will be obliged not to revoke his or her will subsequently. Where the surviving party attempts to do so a constructive trust will be imposed to remedy the injustice which might arise from breach of the original agreement.

The most common situation is where husband and wife to make wills leaving their property to the other, if the other survives, and in default to a beneficiary, but it is not essential that the surviving testator should receive property under the will of the first testator to die. If the spouse dies without having altered or revoked his will he has performed his part of the bargain and this creates an obligation on the part of the surviving spouse to uphold the agreement.


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