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Tips to keep your kids from fighting over your will

On Behalf of | Feb 7, 2024 | Estate Planning

As a responsible adult, you’ve taken – or will soon take – time to create a will and estate plan in hopes of making things easier for your family after you pass away. However, making this effort doesn’t always prevent disagreements from arising after a will creator’s death.

The following are some tips you can use to prevent arguments over your will and assets after you pass away.

Open communication

Engage in open and honest conversations with your children about your estate plan. Share your intentions and reasons behind your decisions. This transparency can help them understand your choices and reduce potential conflicts.

Equal – or otherwise explained – distribution

Consider dividing your assets as equally as possible among your children. Unequal distributions can often lead to resentment and disputes. If you have valid reasons for unequal distribution, discuss them with your children or include a letter explaining your decisions.

Choose an executor wisely

Select a responsible and impartial executor for your will. This person should be someone your children trust and respect. Their role is to ensure that your wishes are carried out fairly, and they can potentially help to mediate any disputes that may arise.

Avoid adding conditions

Avoid attaching too many conditions or requirements to inheritances. Complex conditions can lead to confusion and disagreements. Keep your instructions straightforward and clear.

Update your will regularly

Life circumstances change, so it’s essential to review and update your will periodically. Births, deaths, marriages and divorces in the family may require adjustments to your estate plan to reflect your current wishes.

Consider family heirlooms

Address specific family heirlooms and sentimental items in your will. Clearly state who should inherit these items to prevent disagreements over sentimental value.

By following these tips and maintaining open communication with your children, you can significantly reduce the chances of conflicts arising over your will. It’s essential to prioritize clarity and fairness to better ensure a harmonious transition of your assets to the next generation.