I’m often asked how to prevent family squabbles once a loved-one passes away. Surprisingly, the answer is to ensure a common understanding of the estate plan. Even an “unfair” plan, where one person doesn’t feel they are receiving their fair share, is more easily digestible if communicated correctly. Coincidentally, Holidays are a perfect time to discuss your estate plan with your family. Every family is different and every conversation will vary, but between “pass the potatoes” and “did you hear Florida’s most popular recipe search is ‘vegan gravy,'” you can save your estate thousands of dollars and years of fighting.
It’s true! The best way to prevent estate disputes is to talk about your desires and goals with your captive audience over turkey and stuffing. Here are some good topics to get started:
Once you get talking, you may be surprised at how easy it is. The hardest part is starting. Happy Thanksgiving, from our family to yours!
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