Dispute After Death

If the estate of a deceased family member has not been left in order, long-term feuds could be a result for the surviving family members. Proper planning and communication can resolve issues over tangible personal property and/or business interests prior to the death of a loved one. It’s not only real estate and investments that can cause unrest in a family, but cash, antiques and heirloom jewelry are often areas of disagreement. Even sentimental items with little value can cause unrest. Specifically stating who is to receive certain items can prevent problems after death. In the case of business interests, succession planning is critical as to the sale, inheritance or management issues. Some people may not think they have much of value and do not anticipate the tension they will leave behind; planning is the key in preventing family disputes.