How do you reduce sibling conflict over estate plans and wills?

On Behalf of | Jan 19, 2023 | Probate And Estate Administration |

Unfortunately, it is impossible to deny the fact that issues with wills and estate plans can potentially tear families apart. Even siblings will often fight each other over a parent’s will.

Is there any way to reduce the possibility of these conflicts happening when it comes to your estate plan?

Why discussions are important

The Conversation discusses why conflicts happen over wills happen and how to reduce them. First and foremost, many of these conflicts arise from simple misunderstandings either of the will itself, or of how a person got to the conclusions that their will illustrates.

Thus, one of the best things you can do when it comes to cutting down on the possibility of conflict is to communicate your intentions clearly while you are still alive.

No one wants to discuss matters like death, end-of-life care and wills, especially not with their loved ones. However, leaving things unsaid could contribute to people misunderstanding your intentions after you can no longer explain yourself.

How to tackle your discussion

Try to schedule a specific time to have this important conversation, and do not surprise anyone with the content of it. Make sure everyone is aware from the start of what you will discuss.

Next, give your loved ones a chance to ask you questions after you explain things. They may think to bring up angles you never considered before. This could also help air grievances and soothe any existing tensions.

Of course, it is impossible to predict every source of argument. However, in taking these steps, arguments may end up drastically reduced.