Disinheriting children or a spouse — or everyone in the family — is not uncommon and not limited to the rich, either. It can be spurred by hurt, spite, fear, experts say, or because the head of the family feels the heirs are “manifestly unsuitable” to manage the estate, as billionaire Rinehart claimed in The Australian.
Baffling and unexpected
“I don’t think there is one simple answer as to why people are disinherited,” says Caschetta, who was so baffled by her father’s act that she decided to write a book on the subject. “You don’t have to be gay. You don’t have to be estranged. You don’t have to be a chronic disappointment to your parents. It can literally happen to anyone.”