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When an estate dispute involves siblings

We have covered a number of estate issues on our blog, but some are especially emotional and difficult to work through. For example, estate-related disputes which involve siblings and other family members can create rifts in families and high levels of stress and other negative emotions. Whether you are a beneficiary who suspects that an estate is not being managed properly or you are the executor of an estate and are struggling with beneficiaries who claim you have breached your fiduciary duties, this can very tough, especially if the disagreements involve siblings.

Sometimes, siblings are upset with how an estate is distributed and they may believe that they were treated unfairly. Worse, these disagreements can create lifelong hard feelings between siblings and completely derail the hopes of a loved one who set up the estate plan. By talking with your sibling or working to smooth things out between siblings, you may be able to reduce the impact of a dispute. Regrettably, many families have experienced these difficult problems.

If you are creating or revising an estate plan, it might be a good idea to look for ways to reduce tensions between family members. From discussing these topics with your loved ones to factoring in these matters when determining how your estate will be distributed, there are a number of ways you may be able to make things easier for those you love.

Head to the estate plan page on our site for more related to a dispute over an estate.

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