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Updating My Will

So I've recently decided to rewrite my will because the current primary beneficiary is my ex. In my old will, I basically said he could have everything, with small portions being allocated to other friends and family and a charity. The dilemma I have is this: I have no idea how to split up my assets now that I do not have a single person to whom to transfer the bulk of the estate. The current net value of my assets is about $2.5m, and I am 55. I am not planning on going anywhere soon, but it's probably enough that it is worth having a will. I feel very strange about leaving hundreds of thousands of dollars to any of my friends, even my close ones. That just seems... odd. Ditto my family. My only relatives are my five nieces and nephews (all children of my now deceased brother), and while I was planning on leaving them each around $5k, I have no intention of bumping this up much more. They are all pleasant enough, but I am not especially close to any of them. My first step was to invalidate my existing will. That is now done. I am now intestate. If something were to happen to me right now, it looks like my nieces and nephews would get a substantial windfall. I don't like that thought at all, but it beats any of it going to my ex. Anyone have similar experiences when drafting a will? I've considered giving the whole thing to the charity I was involved with, but in all honesty I don't trust that a large donation like that would be handled responsibly.


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