Estate planning is all about one’s assets and those they love. Unfortunately, both of these factors create challenges in some instances. For example, some people are unsure about the type of estate plan to set up, which is often harder when a spouse or child disagrees with their decision to set up a will or a certain type of trust. There are many other reasons why people disagree with aspects of their loved one’s estate planning decisions, such as the way in which they intend to divide their assets or the person they put in charge of the estate plan. It is imperative to address family disagreement properly if you are working through the process of creating or modifying your estate plan.
First of all, people should not let family members influence them to make decisions that go against their wishes. Unfortunately, some people are vulnerable in this regard, which is one reason why many estate-related disputes surface later on. However, people should take their loved ones’ feelings into consideration when making decisions regarding their estate plan. It is important to work toward minimizing disagreement in the family regarding an estate plan, especially since bitter disputes come up in many families (which wreaks havoc on relationships and even creates permanent hostilities and estrangement).
If you are in the middle of creating an estate plan, you should take the opinions of your loved ones into consideration when making critical decisions regarding your estate. Communication is very beneficial and some people neglect to discuss these issues with their family members, which is also important after a loved one passes away. On our site, we cover a lot of other topics that have to do with undue influence.