Will Everyone See Eye To Eye After Your Passing?by Roy Litherland (Law Office of Roy W. Litherland)
Sitting down to express your wishes in writing may seem like the only thing to take into account when you are planning your estate. However, your decisions are not going to exist in a vacuum. They are going to impact the people that you will be leaving behind.
You may say yes, of course. I’m going to be providing financial resources to people that I love. They will indeed be impacted and they will be grateful for the inheritances that I’m leaving behind.
The above may be true at least in part, but will all interested parties feel this way?
We are all aware of the fact that there is such a thing as a contested estate. You may take the attitude that you will not be around to experience the repercussions of your decisions, but there will be those who feel the brunt if there is fallout.
People who want to disinherit someone may have their reasons, and they may be more than valid. However, you should be well aware of the possibility of a challenge to your estate if you know that there will be people who are extremely unhappy with your decisions.
If there are any ambiguities or inconsistencies in your estate plan, the door could be left open to a successful challenge. You also need to consider any previously executed estate planning documents that may exist.
The best way to be certain that your true wishes are carried out is to be very open and honest as you explain your intentions to a licensed legal professional. Should you be interested in doing so, right now would be a great time to pick up the phone to set up a free consultation with a seasoned, savvy San Jose CA estate planning lawyer.
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