Some of the comments in the Reverse Mortgage thread made me wonder how many people out there think that they are owed something when their parents check-out for good. I know a lot of folks, myself included, financially help their aging parents and know theres nothing coming nor ever expected anything. I figure 18 years of feeding and clothing me (and not beating me to death no matter how much I may have deserved it) is a debt I could never re-pay anyway. But some people think that if their parents die and have a house and/or money left over, then they automatically are entitled to the booty. Im sure in most cases that happens either through the will of the parents, or the probate court, but how many would be upset if mom and dad decided to donate everything to a charity, or gave the house to a friend who helped them instead of the off-spring?