@ - Phaedra - That SUXS, so sorry to hear that. If you dont mind me asking, how do you know this? Did they come right out and actually tell you this?
One thing your parents may not be considering, is the fact that the WTS will NOT take care of THEM in their elderly/infirmed later years. Its easy for your parents to say this, while they are healthy and able to care for themselves, but as we get older and older, our bodys most of the time do NOT cooperate with us.
Sometimes, older parents need to be put in nursing homes, or may need EXPENSIVE home care. They also, most of the time, NEED this care to be orchestrated, and or actually administered by their children, YOU.
If they own a home, for instance,or have bank accounts, and the house and accounts are in their names, the nursing home WILL be entitles to these things, as payment for care. Also, even if the house is put in YOUR name, it takes 5 YEARS before it is considered YOURS. This law prevents someone switching a home into their childrens name, as soon as they get sick. It must be done in preparation, BEFORE, and it takes 5 years for it to become "legitimate".
Maybe you could tell them this, so that they make YOU the executor of the estate. Tell them you are doing this for THEIR sake, so that you will have the RESOURCES to care for them as their health fails. If they "will" things to the WTS, which is a corporation that WILL NOT help take care of them in their "twilight years", they could very well be giving their money to a "worldly" nursing home anyway. Also, maybe without coming out and saying it exactly, but you could "imply" that YOU will NOT be able to help them, because you would not have the financial means to do so.
If they make YOU the executor of the estate, you can guarantee that you will use the estate/money to care for them, and if they did that you probably would WANT to help them. If they didnt, well, you get the point, lol.
Present it to them under the guise of looking out for THEM, and wanting to be able to help them in later years, which the WTS will NOT.
My JW parents, who are in their early 70's, have put their mortgage free, $900,000 dollar, 2 family home in a borough of NYC, home, in MY name 2 years ago. They did this in anticipation of the future. If and when they get older, and need care, a nursing home will NOT have access to their home. They also, have put ALL their bank accounts in mine, and my sisters names, too, and for the same reasons.
My parents KNOW that my sister and i, WILL make sure they are taken care of in their twilight years. They have shown that they are "looking out" for me, and I will be "looking out" for THEM.