GOOD COMMUNICATION CAN HELP SOLVE ESTATE DISPUTES
Sept. 13, 2019
The months after the passing of a loved one can be an emotional time full of stress, grief and sadness. Many estate disputes arise during this period, and often people act in an emotionally charged way. Sadly, rifts between family members can easily be created.
If you find yourself in a dispute regarding a loved one's estate, consider whether toxic communication made things worse. By communicating in a calmer manner, it might be possible to solve the dispute without undergoing costly litigation. The following are things you can do to communicate better and address estate issues more effectively.
Read All Documents Thoroughly
Arguments can sometimes start before the estate documents have been read thoroughly. Legal documents require time and effort to understand. You may also require the assistance of a legal professional to help you make sense of your loved one's wishes. All parties should fully understand the contents of the documents before any discussions start.
Don't Take Things Personally
It's easy to let sibling rivalry or past family dramas exacerbate the issue. Although it can be difficult to do, you should try to isolate the situation and look at it objectively.
Sometimes it's easier to settle for a compromise than undergo an estate dispute. If you think that the disagreement could be solved by reaching some middle ground, you should consider this. However, if you want to maintain your position and make sure you get everything you deserve, further action may be needed.
If you are feeling upset or stressed because of the contents of a loved one's will, you should make sure that your voice is heard and that you get the inheritance that you deserve.