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The grand-niece quickly went through all that money with not much left to show for it. Oh yeah, there were about 10 other grand-nieces and grand-nephews including that grand-niece's brother who got nothing.

So I'm not a big fan of doing all sorts of gyrations to avoid probate and have everything pass directly to the heirs because my experience has been that it has quite a lot of unintended, and mostly bad, consequences.

Most of the complaints you listed over the use of TOD are in no way avoided by doing the exact same thing (leaving it all to a grand-niece) by using a Will instead (absent the ability to contest the Will).

Poor planning will muck up any plan.
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