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How to Prevent Will Contests

Do you have concerns that your will might be contested or challenged by certain members of your family after you are gone?  If so, you aren’t alone – this is a common worry among those who have begun the important process of estate planning

Many people have family conflicts that surface after a death which can result in estate litigation.  While there is no way to guarantee that your will won’t be challenged, there are ways to discourage this kind of behavior.

Here are five ways to minimize the risk of estate litigation:

  1. While this step is always easier said than done, consider the idea of bringing up any existing family conflicts with your loved ones and trying to find resolutions.  If you don’t want to try and resolve problems now, they won’t go away after your death.  If you care about your family, you will want to consider how you can work towards resolutions now, rather than leaving it for your loved ones to deal with after you are gone.
  1. Discuss what is in your will with your family and let your loved ones know who you have chosen as the beneficiaries of your estate before it becomes too late.  Unexpected surprises in these matters are sure to cause resentments and conflicts to surface, particularly during the sensitive time surrounding your passing so it is best to provide your loved ones with as much transparency as possible.
  1. Ensure that your will is professionally drafted, executed and stored properly by an experienced estate planning attorney.  While creating your will using an online program or drafting it yourself using a template may seem tempting, it is always best, particularly with matters of estate distribution and inheritance, to rely on experienced professionals.  Enlist the help of a trusted estate planning attorney to make sure you have everything covered.
  1. Do not circulate copies of your will to your loved ones.  Instead, ensure that your executor knows where and how to access your will when the time comes.
  1. Take the time to review your will regularly and make updates with the help of an attorney when necessary.  Periodically and when changes occur in your family, it’s important that you review your will and make sure the allocation of your assets as described in your will are still aligned with your wishes.

We can help protect your family with a comprehensive estate plan:

At Fingeret Law, we don’t just fill out a form; we craft estate plans to meet your specific needs. We provide personal attention to you and your family regardless of the size of your estate.

To discuss your specific needs with a wills and trusts attorney in Pittsburgh, please call us at Fingeret Law at 412.281.8222 or contact us online.



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