Q: If I am listed in a will for a reward of a certain amount of money. Can they pay out less than what is listed?
Under certain circumstances, yes.
For example, if there is not enough money to distribute ALL the specific bequests, each would be proportionally reduced. Or if there are 'priority claims' such as probate or funeral costs that exceed the amount that would allow a full payout of beneficiaries, etc.
Seek local legal help to analyze your specific situation as state laws vary about what is considered 'priority' etc.
-- This answer is offered for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney/client relationship.
I am licensed to practice in Michigan only. Please seek competent local legal help if you feel you need legal advice
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