Good Planning Can Help Prevent Fights Over Your Estate
Chances are you’ve heard horror stories about big family arguments over inheritances and wills. Even if you have created a will that leaves little room for doubt about who receives what out of your estate, it does not necessarily mean you are going to completely prevent these conflicts from occurring.
Therefore, it’s important to take extra steps to ensure you avoid hard feelings forming after you pass away. The following are a few tips to help encourage family harmony after your death:
- Choose the right executor: Anyone you choose to be the executor of your will should be honest, organized, good with communication and level-headed. All of these traits will help the individual execute your estate while avoiding potential problems.
- Do not let the contents of your will be a surprise: In many cases, arguments arise because your loved ones were blindsided by the contents of a will. If you have any reason at all to believe there could be an argument about inheritance, tell your loved ones ahead of time about your plans and explain your reasoning for your decisions. This will help prevent a blowup from happening after you are gone.
- Work with your attorney by yourself: Do not let your loved ones (other than your spouse) work with your attorney on your estate plan or have any say in your decisions. If your other loved ones feel you were improperly influenced in making your will, there could be legal challenges.
- Keep all your documents up to date: Make sure you are regularly updating your estate planning documents to account for changing circumstances in your family. An outdated estate plan could frustrate your loved ones after your passing and lead to arguments about your actual intentions.
For further guidance and advice on the estate planning process, contact a trusted Florida attorney with The Charles Law Offices.