From creating an estate plan to managing a loved one’s estate after they pass away, the estate planning process can be complex and emotional from start to finish. Unfortunately, disagreements can arise at various points, and they are especially likely to surface during certain times, such as the probate process. Disagreements during the probate process can be very complex and may lock family members into a bitter dispute, which can make the entire situation more challenging—especially for those who are already distraught over the loss of their loved one.
Probate disputes may arise for multiple reasons. Sometimes, a family member who has been placed in charge of their loved one’s estate may be accused of wrongdoing, especially if a beneficiary is upset with how the estate plan is being managed. These accusations are not always valid, and they may be the result of bitterness and contempt. On the other hand, there are times when those who have been given these responsibilities abuse their authority. For example, someone may fail to distribute the assets of an estate correctly, either on purpose or accidentally.
Sadly, probate disputes have the potential to bring even more heartache into the lives of family members. Sometimes, they can put siblings against each other and create hostility between various relatives. In some cases, these hurt feelings can lead to estrangement and additional hardships. As a result, if you are preparing for the probate process or are already going through a complicated dispute, it is very important to have a clear understanding of the different options in front of you and approach these issues with caution.