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Family Disputes Following Death – Rickard & Associates


When a loved one dies, emotions and tensions can run high. This can often lead to family disputes.

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How can you prevent your family from engaging in a dispute following your death?

Make sure to work with an estate planning attorney to have the right documents in place. Clear documentation leaves little room for disputes to festival.

We also help our clients draft Letters of Instruction to their families, to really clarify their wishes and explain anything that might require additional detail from the client.

Most family disputes arise when:

  • No estate planning was done,
  • Online wills or trusts were used and provide the family with little to no guidance or require the family to go through probate court,
  • Poor estate planning occurred that results in discrepancies,
  • Estate plans were not updated to account for changes in life circumstances, relationships, etc.

If a family is having a dispute following the death of a loved one, we recommend they involve an estate planning attorney immediately.

Whether or not an estate plan exists, it is essential to have sound legal guidance while navigating the probate process or working through family issues.

We help our clients to determine what documents exist and how assets will be divided.

A lack of clarity in documents can lead to disputes and challenges to the administration. This can become a long and costly process.

If you want to prevent this from happening in your family, ensure that your family all have their estate plans done as soon as possible. Once the documents are created, they are easy to update.

It is essential to get the foundational documents in place to protect your loved ones from disputes. We have seen close families strain relationships over probate proceedings in the wake of the death of a loved one.

Losing a loved one is hard enough without any additional challenges, such as navigating outdated or unclear estate plans or going through the probate process.

Contact us today to help your family avoid additional stresses from a lack of proper planning.

Contact us today to help you get the right documents in place or to update your current estate plan. We will plan so that you don’t have to worry about your future.

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