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Estate planning mistakes that could lead to a dispute

If you are planning your estate, there are certain priorities that you probably have. The first may be to ensure that your loved ones and the causes you care about will benefit from your legacy at the end of your lifetime. Additionally, you'll want to try and minimize the taxes and other fees that your estate will pay so that your beneficiaries can gain as much as possible. Finally, you probably want to prevent any possible disputes over your estate.

While you can't control to future to the extent of preventing all possibility of an estate dispute, you can avoid making certain mistakes to vastly lower the chances. The following are some common mistakes you should avoid:

Not having an estate plan at all

Not making an estate plan but making verbal announcements of your wishes to family and friends makes an estate dispute very likely. If there is no will in place, your assets will be distributed according to state law, which may not be in accordance with your true wishes, and your family will likely be aware of that.

Not updating a will regularly

If you did not update your will after ending a romantic relationship or after reconciling with a previously estranged child, a dispute is very likely to occur.

Choosing the wrong person to handle an estate

You should choose an estate executor who you can trust completely. If they are not acting in good faith, a dispute could occur.

It is important that you create an estate plan that actively tries to avoid a future dispute so that you can have peace of mind.

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