In the movies, heroes and heroines are constantly being approached by mysterious strangers who have come to administer a long-lost relative’s will or trust. Generally, our protagonist is handed some mystical object or perhaps given the keys to a house, and thus — the film takes off on some grand adventure.
Unfortunately, this is one of the many things that the movies got wrong. When the time comes to distribute a loved one’s assets and property, the process is rarely simple and never easy. Outside of the pain of loss, there’s the paperwork and the emotional strain of having to comb through your loved one’s possessions. And, as you can imagine, the process becomes even more difficult when there is a disagreement between the people involved.
For all these reasons, it’s important to work with an empathetic attorney who is well versed in estate planning, probate, and (should the need arise) estate litigation. Not to worry — all of these terms are defined below.
Causes of Probate & Estate-Related Disputes
If you’ve recently lost a loved one, let me first say that I’m sorry for your loss, and I hope the legal proceedings that follow are as easy as possible on you and your family.
However, if those proceedings are causing you some trouble, I’m here to help. For instance, these are among the most common reasons you may need to seek the help of a qualified estate litigation attorney:
- Invalid or outdated paperwork
- Unclear or poorly worded estate planning documents
- General disagreements between family members and/or beneficiaries
- Debts owed to creditors
- Suspicions of the decedent being manipulated or coerced into designing their estate plan the way they did
If such a complication is putting unnecessary strain on your situation, don’t wait to get the legal support you need.