For a lot of people, creating an estate plan (or making important revisions) can be tough for a number of reasons. In some instances, there are other difficulties which make the estate planning process more complex, such as conflict in the family. For example, siblings may be involved in a heated, long-term rivalry, and your estate plan could be at the heart of the dispute. Or, you may be unsure of how to address these conflicts with respect to your estate plan, whether you are unsure of how to distribute your assets or who to leave in charge of your estate.
Sometimes, family conflict may prompt someone to make key changes to their estate plan. For example, they may decide to remove a beneficiary from their estate plan, or they may find that it is necessary to name someone else as the executor. It is important for people to focus on reducing tensions in the family when setting up their estate plan, but conflict cannot always be avoided and it is vital to do what is best, even if it does not make everyone happy.
If your family is struggling with conflict over various sources of contention (including your trust or will), discussing these issues with family members may prove helpful. On the other hand, there are times when communication will not help, and it is important to push forward regardless. We know how complex the estate planning process can be for some, and it is imperative to have a clear understanding of your options.