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"Step one is to find out what the IRAs, not the will, said regarding the beneficiaries."

The IRA has the two sons as the beneficiary.

He is going to check for sure, but he's almost certain there was just a will, not a trust. But he wants to follow his fathers will in spirit even if legally he is not bound to invest the money and give the income to the spouse.
But it's good to know it's not a legal requirement! :)
He was afraid that if he "invested" the funds in a business project he is doing, that some day she could take part of the business as "income". But if this stipulation in the will isn't legally binding, I guess he wouldn't have to worry about that.

But can he take the whole $90K out of his inherited IRA? Or does he have to take just a certain amount of distribution each year?
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