There are reasons people decide not to leave cash to the adult kids. Parents are living longer and more actively, health care costs are skyrocketing and there’s that great charity that could do a lot of good with the money.
In order to contest a will, you have to be an ‘Interested Party’ – a person who was named in a previous will or would have inherited money if there was no will or if the will is deemed invalid.
Under the law, you can’t leave money directly to your pets. Instead, 39 states allow you to set up a pet trust.