We have addressed many facets of estate planning and probate administration in this blog, but there are far more issues that people working through such issues may have to face. Whether you are a beneficiary or have been given the responsibility of serving as an executor of an estate, disagreements may arise and cause serious tension in the family. Our lawyers also know how these strains can become even more difficult to work through during the holiday season, when many families come together to celebrate.
Perhaps you got into an argument with a family member during Thanksgiving who may have disagreed with you on some aspect of the way the estate is being handled or was handled in the past. Perhaps one of your relatives is bitter about the way in which the decedent decided to distribute his or her assets. Regardless, it is crucial to aim to reduce conflict between family members, as difficult as this can be.
You might be planning to spend time with these relatives during the holidays that are quickly approaching. If so, it is a good idea to be prepared for any questions or areas of debate that may arise during the gathering. By remaining calm and working through these issues sensibly, you may be able to lessen conflict within the family.
Regrettably, estate matters can lead to disputes that are unpreventable and can only be handled in court. Our probate administration page is a resource for those who are struggling with a beneficiary dispute and related issues.
Should any of our estate planning and probate team be needed to assist on any of these matters, please do not hesitate to reach out to Mark Jordan or Steve Hoffsis for guidance and consultation.