While everyone has failures and shortcomings, we usually find a way to forgive our loved ones and move forward in the relationship. However, in some cases, the flaws of our family members can have long-term effects that impact us and make them untrustworthy. When it's time to draw up a will and work on estate planning, a relative's faults need to be considered, especially in more serious cases, such as substance abuse issues, gambling addictions or criminal activity. Funding the poor choices of a child or close relative is not a responsible way to plan for the future.
Instead of enabling the behavior, people may choose to leave the person with the issue completely out of their will. No one has a legal right to be included in someone's estate plan, except a spouse. In some cases, leaving them out of the estate plan might be the best option.