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Addressing a dispute involving beneficiaries

Estate planning and the distribution of one's estate after they pass away can be challenging for many reasons, from strong emotions to confusion with respect to the process in general, taxes or certain laws. However, disputes may arise over a number of issues, especially when it comes to the distribution of the assets of an estate. When these disagreements involve family members, such as siblings, they can be especially contentious. Whether you want to address hard feelings that have arisen after you discussed your plans, or your loved one has passed away and a dispute has surfaced, it is crucial to handle these matters appropriately.

Sometimes, people are able to take potential disputes into consideration when creating an estate plan to avoid these challenges later on. However, this is not possible in every case and some estate plans inevitably leave certain people with hard feelings. If your loved ones are disputing certain aspects of your estate plan, you may be able to help move things forward by communicating with relatives about your decisions. On the other hand, you may be the executor of an estate or a beneficiary and have found that someone else disagrees with some aspect of the estate plan. For example, your brother or sister may be upset that you received some property and it is important to prevent these disagreements from ballooning and destroying relationships.

There are all sorts of topics to go over when it comes to creating an estate plan and our page on this subject provides more information.

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