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Can a caregiver, non family person inherit from non related

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Can a caregiver, non family person inherit from non related person she is caring for in New Jersey?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Dimitry K., Esq. replied 2 years ago.

Thank you for your question. I am a licensed New Jersey professional and will be happy to assist you with your concerns.

Yes, the person can list whomever he or she wishes in their will as the recipient of part or all of their estate. The fact that the receiving person is not family won't change their ability to inherit, but it may create tax implications--for example in New Jersey there is a 15% inheritance tax on non-family members that direct family members do not have to pay. Plus there is also a potential risk of having family members contest the will, for example arguing 'undue influence' if the caregiver is being unfairly or unreasonably favored based on past wills if any. But purely speaking as far as legality, anyone can be designated as a beneficiary of the estate, including a stranger.


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