Ways to Avoid Family Disputes in Estate Planning

Most well written wills may pass through court smoothly, but there are other ways to distribute assets that can avoid probate, other than writing a will. You can talk to a lawyer in Raleigh NC about creating joint ownership of property, creating beneficiaries and trusts, and giving away assets while you are alive in order to avoid probate.

Avoiding Family Disputes | Lawyer in Raleigh NC

If you have an estate plan and have not shared the details with your loved ones, it can cause disputes after you are gone, especially if you have made decisions that may surprise your family. Below, you’ll find a recap of previous posts we’ve shared, talking about family disputes over estate planning.

When your family knows nothing of your plans and just assumes that things will be divided among them evenly, they may be shocked to learn that you decided to go a different route.
Some children may think that you will give more to the ones who have less, and may be surprised to find out that you did divide things up evenly. Either way, you may want to explain your choices beforehand so there will be no surprises later on.

It is your prerogative to decide how you want your assets to be distributed and if you want to disclose it now, but if you want to avoid those fights after you are gone, it may be best to make your choices known and give your reasons behind them. If you do decide to explain your choices to your family, remember that they do not have to agree with you. In some cases, they may not, but at least they will be able to ask why you made certain choices. We would like to believe that people would not become upset over material things, but it does happen.

If you're interested in learning more about family disputes and how you might be able to avoid them in the event of your passing, visit back soon. Our next blog will have more information.

Klish and Eldreth | Lawyer in Raleigh NC

As always, feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have about estate planning. Also contact our estate planning attorney in Raleigh NC to schedule a consultation if you have yet to start estate planning. It’s never too early to make plans for your wishes upon death. In addition, our estate lawyer in Raleigh NC is here to help you with all your legal matters, whether it be estate planning, trademarking, copyrighting, or DWI issues.

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