I am updating a will that was done 30 years ago - I have one daughter who has 4 adult children - I want to leave everything to my daughter and after that I want it divided equally to my 4 grandchildren - will the will need the grandchildrens names or will it just state that it goes to 4 grandchildren after daughter?

Jeffrey Lippman ∙ July 19, 2019

Requirements of a Will can be State specific so I encourage you to take advantage of the legal consultation and document review services included in your LegalZoom membership. Generally, speaking specific names are not needed with certain exceptions like specific bequests. General residual estate bequests can simply state the relationship like grandchildren. This is important, since the actual names could change over time, perhaps by adding additional bundles of joy.

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