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While it would be ideal to know for a fact that your family will never experience disagreements of any kind, that expectation is simply unrealistic. If you are planning your estate in California, one of your central concerns may be articulating a will that will leave little for debate to reduce conflict.

Fortunately, with proper planning and your effort to inform your family members, you have a chance to set parameters that can effectively reduce the chances of any disagreements happening after you pass away.

Communication is your friend

Perhaps the most effective measure you can take to reduce conflict in your family is to implement open communication in relation to your estate plan. As you are finalizing the people you plan to list as heirs and beneficiaries, consider bringing these family members into the discussion about your final wishes.

When selecting a time and place for such conversations, try to pick times that are not during periods of high stress or where conflict may already be present. As the discussion begins, remind your family of your love for them and your desire for each of them to have something to remember you by. This may be an ideal time to talk about the legacy you wish to leave behind. You may also consider asking their input and feedback to help them feel an active part of the process.

Select someone you trust to execute the plan

According to AARP, another valuable option to consider is to enlist the help of a trusted family member or friend to execute your plan after you pass away. This person, called an executor, will undertake the responsibility of overseeing the dissolution of your plan and making sure that everyone gets their share of your estate.