Great Tips to Avoid Trust And Probate Litigation

Probate and Trust litigation can be one of the most difficult things to have to deal with. Not only are you dealing with the passing of a love one but not you are thrust into a legal battle with the ones that are closest to you, your family. The Law Offices of George B. Piggott aim to inform you of helpful information that can help you and your family avoid added stress to an already stressful time for everyone.

George B. Piggott offers services that can help make things a bit easier on the legal side whiel you tend to the things that truly matter. Your family.

When I was a young lawyer, I attended a meeting with several
attorneys to discuss certain “contested matters” that had arisen after
the death of a widower who died survived by four children. I was shocked
to hear one of the seasoned attorneys say, “If all decedents had only
one child, my workload would decrease to nothing.” Whether you go back
to Cain and Abel, or only as far back as the Smothers Brothers (“Mom
always liked you best”), sibling rivalry is the chief factor in many
disputes arising after a parent dies. Many laypeople attribute all
litigation to greed, but in the case of family situations, often much
more is involved than simply greed. Sometimes children hold deep-seated
resentments, which may be based on perceived unfair treatment by a
parent or sibling, often going back many years. Sometimes the last
living parent is the only “glue” holding the children in the family
“together” (if they ever truly were, in fact, “together”). Sometimes
parents have unrealistic expectations about family.

What Is Probate Court Litigation?

The
terms “contested matters” and “litigation” are often used
interchangeably. Both refer to situations that may require court action
to resolve a dispute or fix a problem. Some contested matters do not
involve animosity between the parties, while others definitely do. If
the matter surfaces because of a person’s death or mental incapacity,
then any necessary court proceeding will usually be filed in a court
that has “probate jurisdiction.” Many urban counties have specialized
courts to handle decedents’ estates and mentally incapacitated persons.
In other communities, these matters may be heard in a court that handles
a number of different matters, including probate matters. Most of the
matters handled by probate courts, such as admitting wills to probate
and appointing executors, are routine and not contested. Routine probate
matters can be handled very efficiently.

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Inform
your heirs if you are making a distribution that is “not natural.” A
“natural” disposition is when you leave your estate to your heirs such
as your children and grandchildren. An “unnatural” disposition is where
you disinherit your natural heirs and leave your entire estate to
someone you have known for 6 months, for example, or a caregiver, or
other distant family members or charities. It is of course up to you who
you choose to inherit your estate but it will help to avoid discord
later if you tell your heirs what you are doing. You can discuss it with
them or leave them a letter of explanation.   Litigation develops when
the individuals who thought they would be receiving an inheritance find
out after your death that they were disinherited or will not be
receiving an asset or a portion of your estate that they thought they
were getting.   So if you do want to exclude a child, for example, or
make an uneven distribution of your estate among your children, tell
them about it or in some manner explain it so it doesn’t come as a
complete shock.

– See more at:
http://livingtrustnetwork.com/estate-planning-center/introduction-to-estate-planning/what-the-experts-say/5-ways-to-avoid-probate-and-trust-litigation.html#sthash.kITHo5QS.dpuf

Make
sure your estate planning documents are properly prepared. So often,
litigation arises because of wills or trusts that were not properly
drafted in the first place. If you are concerned about someone
contesting your will or trust, you certainly don’t want to do it
yourself or use a “trust mill” or online service. You want customized
properly drafted documents so there is no ambiguity as to your wishes.
Also, most estate planning lawyers also do trust administration.
Frequently it is the case that surviving family members will call the
lawyer that drafted the estate plan, so choosing a trusted lawyer that
you can work with during your lifetime may also be someone that can
assist your family upon your death. – See more at:
http://livingtrustnetwork.com/estate-planning-center/introduction-to-estate-planning/what-the-experts-say/5-ways-to-avoid-probate-and-trust-litigation.html#sthash.kITHo5QS.dpuf
Make
sure your estate planning documents are properly prepared. So often,
litigation arises because of wills or trusts that were not properly
drafted in the first place. If you are concerned about someone
contesting your will or trust, you certainly don’t want to do it
yourself or use a “trust mill” or online service. You want customized
properly drafted documents so there is no ambiguity as to your wishes.
Also, most estate planning lawyers also do trust administration.
Frequently it is the case that surviving family members will call the
lawyer that drafted the estate plan, so choosing a trusted lawyer that
you can work with during your lifetime may also be someone that can
assist your family upon your death. – See more at:
http://livingtrustnetwork.com/estate-planning-center/introduction-to-estate-planning/what-the-experts-say/5-ways-to-avoid-probate-and-trust-litigation.html#sthash.kITHo5QS.dpuf
1.  Communication.  Inform
your heirs if you are making a distribution that is “not natural.” A
“natural” disposition is when you leave your estate to your heirs such
as your children and grandchildren. An “unnatural” disposition is where
you disinherit your natural heirs and leave your entire estate to
someone you have known for 6 months, for example, or a caregiver, or
other distant family members or charities. It is of course up to you who
you choose to inherit your estate but it will help to avoid discord
later if you tell your heirs what you are doing. You can discuss it with
them or leave them a letter of explanation.   Litigation develops when
the individuals who thought they would be receiving an inheritance find
out after your death that they were disinherited or will not be
receiving an asset or a portion of your estate that they thought they
were getting.   So if you do want to exclude a child, for example, or
make an uneven distribution of your estate among your children, tell
them about it or in some manner explain it so it doesn’t come as a
complete shock. – See more at:
http://livingtrustnetwork.com/estate-planning-center/introduction-to-estate-planning/what-the-experts-say/5-ways-to-avoid-probate-and-trust-litigation.html#sthash.I8TtZxgn.dpuf

Make
sure your estate planning documents are properly prepared. So often,
litigation arises because of wills or trusts that were not properly
drafted in the first place. If you are concerned about someone
contesting your will or trust, you certainly don’t want to do it
yourself or use a “trust mill” or online service. You want customized
properly drafted documents so there is no ambiguity as to your wishes.
Also, most estate planning lawyers also do trust administration.
Frequently it is the case that surviving family members will call the
lawyer that drafted the estate plan, so choosing a trusted lawyer that
you can work with during your lifetime may also be someone that can
assist your family upon your death. – See more at:
http://livingtrustnetwork.com/estate-planning-center/introduction-to-estate-planning/what-the-experts-say/5-ways-to-avoid-probate-and-trust-litigation.html#sthash.kITHo5QS.dpuf
1.  Communication.  Inform
your heirs if you are making a distribution that is “not natural.” A
“natural” disposition is when you leave your estate to your heirs such
as your children and grandchildren. An “unnatural” disposition is where
you disinherit your natural heirs and leave your entire estate to
someone you have known for 6 months, for example, or a caregiver, or
other distant family members or charities. It is of course up to you who
you choose to inherit your estate but it will help to avoid discord
later if you tell your heirs what you are doing. You can discuss it with
them or leave them a letter of explanation.   Litigation develops when
the individuals who thought they would be receiving an inheritance find
out after your death that they were disinherited or will not be
receiving an asset or a portion of your estate that they thought they
were getting.   So if you do want to exclude a child, for example, or
make an uneven distribution of your estate among your children, tell
them about it or in some manner explain it so it doesn’t come as a
complete shock. – See more at:
http://livingtrustnetwork.com/estate-planning-center/introduction-to-estate-planning/what-the-experts-say/5-ways-to-avoid-probate-and-trust-litigation.html#sthash.I8TtZxgn.dpuf

1.  Communication.  Inform
your heirs if you are making a distribution that is “not natural.” A
“natural” disposition is when you leave your estate to your heirs such
as your children and grandchildren. An “unnatural” disposition is where
you disinherit your natural heirs and leave your entire estate to
someone you have known for 6 months, for example, or a caregiver, or
other distant family members or charities. It is of course up to you who
you choose to inherit your estate but it will help to avoid discord
later if you tell your heirs what you are doing. You can discuss it with
them or leave them a letter of explanation.   Litigation develops when
the individuals who thought they would be receiving an inheritance find
out after your death that they were disinherited or will not be
receiving an asset or a portion of your estate that they thought they
were getting.   So if you do want to exclude a child, for example, or
make an uneven distribution of your estate among your children, tell
them about it or in some manner explain it so it doesn’t come as a
complete shock. – See more at:
http://livingtrustnetwork.com/estate-planning-center/introduction-to-estate-planning/what-the-experts-say/5-ways-to-avoid-probate-and-trust-litigation.html#sthash.I8TtZxgn.dpuf

1.  Communication.  Inform
your heirs if you are making a distribution that is “not natural.” A
“natural” disposition is when you leave your estate to your heirs such
as your children and grandchildren. An “unnatural” disposition is where
you disinherit your natural heirs and leave your entire estate to
someone you have known for 6 months, for example, or a caregiver, or
other distant family members or charities. It is of course up to you who
you choose to inherit your estate but it will help to avoid discord
later if you tell your heirs what you are doing. You can discuss it with
them or leave them a letter of explanation.   Litigation develops when
the individuals who thought they would be receiving an inheritance find
out after your death that they were disinherited or will not be
receiving an asset or a portion of your estate that they thought they
were getting.   So if you do want to exclude a child, for example, or
make an uneven distribution of your estate among your children, tell
them about it or in some manner explain it so it doesn’t come as a
complete shock. – See more at:
http://livingtrustnetwork.com/estate-planning-center/introduction-to-estate-planning/what-the-experts-say/5-ways-to-avoid-probate-and-trust-litigation.html#sthash.I8TtZxgn.dpuf

1.  Communication.  Inform
your heirs if you are making a distribution that is “not natural.” A
“natural” disposition is when you leave your estate to your heirs such
as your children and grandchildren. An “unnatural” disposition is where
you disinherit your natural heirs and leave your entire estate to
someone you have known for 6 months, for example, or a caregiver, or
other distant family members or charities. It is of course up to you who
you choose to inherit your estate but it will help to avoid discord
later if you tell your heirs what you are doing. You can discuss it with
them or leave them a letter of explanation.   Litigation develops when
the individuals who thought they would be receiving an inheritance find
out after your death that they were disinherited or will not be
receiving an asset or a portion of your estate that they thought they
were getting.   So if you do want to exclude a child, for example, or
make an uneven distribution of your estate among your children, tell
them about it or in some manner explain it so it doesn’t come as a
complete shock. – See more at:
http://livingtrustnetwork.com/estate-planning-center/introduction-to-estate-planning/what-the-experts-say/5-ways-to-avoid-probate-and-trust-litigation.html#sthash.I8TtZxgn.dpuf

1.  Communication.  Inform
your heirs if you are making a distribution that is “not natural.” A
“natural” disposition is when you leave your estate to your heirs such
as your children and grandchildren. An “unnatural” disposition is where
you disinherit your natural heirs and leave your entire estate to
someone you have known for 6 months, for example, or a caregiver, or
other distant family members or charities. It is of course up to you who
you choose to inherit your estate but it will help to avoid discord
later if you tell your heirs what you are doing. You can discuss it with
them or leave them a letter of explanation.   Litigation develops when
the individuals who thought they would be receiving an inheritance find
out after your death that they were disinherited or will not be
receiving an asset or a portion of your estate that they thought they
were getting.   So if you do want to exclude a child, for example, or
make an uneven distribution of your estate among your children, tell
them about it or in some manner explain it so it doesn’t come as a
complete shock. – See more at:
http://livingtrustnetwork.com/estate-planning-center/introduction-to-estate-planning/what-the-experts-say/5-ways-to-avoid-probate-and-trust-litigation.html#sthash.I8TtZxgn.dpuf

1.  Communication.  Inform
your heirs if you are making a distribution that is “not natural.” A
“natural” disposition is when you leave your estate to your heirs such
as your children and grandchildren. An “unnatural” disposition is where
you disinherit your natural heirs and leave your entire estate to
someone you have known for 6 months, for example, or a caregiver, or
other distant family members or charities. It is of course up to you who
you choose to inherit your estate but it will help to avoid discord
later if you tell your heirs what you are doing. You can discuss it with
them or leave them a letter of explanation.   Litigation develops when
the individuals who thought they would be receiving an inheritance find
out after your death that they were disinherited or will not be
receiving an asset or a portion of your estate that they thought they
were getting.   So if you do want to exclude a child, for example, or
make an uneven distribution of your estate among your children, tell
them about it or in some manner explain it so it doesn’t come as a
complete shock. – See more at:
http://livingtrustnetwork.com/estate-planning-center/introduction-to-estate-planning/what-the-experts-say/5-ways-to-avoid-probate-and-trust-litigation.html#sthash.I8TtZxgn.dpuf

1.  Communication.  Inform
your heirs if you are making a distribution that is “not natural.” A
“natural” disposition is when you leave your estate to your heirs such
as your children and grandchildren. An “unnatural” disposition is where
you disinherit your natural heirs and leave your entire estate to
someone you have known for 6 months, for example, or a caregiver, or
other distant family members or charities. It is of course up to you who
you choose to inherit your estate but it will help to avoid discord
later if you tell your heirs what you are doing. You can discuss it with
them or leave them a letter of explanation.   Litigation develops when
the individuals who thought they would be receiving an inheritance find
out after your death that they were disinherited or will not be
receiving an asset or a portion of your estate that they thought they
were getting.   So if you do want to exclude a child, for example, or
make an uneven distribution of your estate among your children, tell
them about it or in some manner explain it so it doesn’t come as a
complete shock. – See more at:
http://livingtrustnetwork.com/estate-planning-center/introduction-to-estate-planning/what-the-experts-say/5-ways-to-avoid-probate-and-trust-litigation.html#sthash.I8TtZxgn.dpuf
1.  Communication.  Inform
your heirs if you are making a distribution that is “not natural.” A
“natural” disposition is when you leave your estate to your heirs such
as your children and grandchildren. An “unnatural” disposition is where
you disinherit your natural heirs and leave your entire estate to
someone you have known for 6 months, for example, or a caregiver, or
other distant family members or charities. It is of course up to you who
you choose to inherit your estate but it will help to avoid discord
later if you tell your heirs what you are doing. You can discuss it with
them or leave them a letter of explanation.   Litigation develops when
the individuals who thought they would be receiving an inheritance find
out after your death that they were disinherited or will not be
receiving an asset or a portion of your estate that they thought they
were getting.   So if you do want to exclude a child, for example, or
make an uneven distribution of your estate among your children, tell
them about it or in some manner explain it so it doesn’t come as a
complete shock. – See more at:
http://livingtrustnetwork.com/estate-planning-center/introduction-to-estate-planning/what-the-experts-say/5-ways-to-avoid-probate-and-trust-litigation.html#sthash.I8TtZxgn.dpuf