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Elder Planning Isn't Just For The Elderly

How can you stop arguments from happening over your will?

When dealing with the matter of your will, you should recognize and understand the fact that arguments can and often do happen over a will even with your good intentions.

In what ways can you reduce the chance of these arguments from happening?

The importance of communication

Forbes discusses ways of keeping family members from fighting over inheritance. Communication is key when it comes to preventing misunderstandings, which exist at the root of many of these fights.

Thus, it is most prudent for you to discuss the matters of your will openly, well before your death. Of course, no one wants to have this kind of conversation, especially with their loved ones. But the benefits far outweigh any downsides that exist.

First, make sure that you do not spring the discussion on people unawares. Set aside a specific time and place to have it, and let everyone know what you will discuss.

Accept and answer questions

Next, remain open to questions and comments. Interacting with your family members will help you notice things you may not have. It also gives ample time for people to ask questions, and it gives you time to clarify any answers you may give. It also gives other people the time and space to bring up any potential questions or issues they may have.

Of course, it is not possible to predict every potential source of argument. It is also impossible to fully prevent every single argument from happening. However, having these clarifying discussions ahead of time can go a long way in preventing misunderstandings from getting out of hand.


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