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When siblings fight over an estate plan

Estate plans can give rise to all sorts of difficulties, not only for those who set one up but for their loved ones also. For example, disagreements may surface for a variety of reasons and it is crucial to handle disputes properly. Unfortunately, some people are unable to successfully resolve a dispute when one arises, and this can have a detrimental impact on their relationships with family members and their emotions and finances. Moreover, these disputes sometimes involve siblings, which can be especially difficult due to sibling rivalry, lasting disagreements and other issues.

If you are in the middle of a dispute with your brother or your sister over your loved one's estate plan, it is vital to try to handle this situation correctly. You should be aware of the different hardships you may encounter during the dispute and realize that the way in which this disagreement is handled could have a huge impact on your future relationship with your sibling. Sadly, some siblings have fought over an estate plan to such an extent that their relationship is never the same and they may be estranged for years or even the rest of their lives.

Sibling disputes may arise during the probate process. Sometimes, a sibling who has been put in charge of an estate plan is accused of failing to abide by their fiduciary duties, while others may be the result of someone who believes that their rights were violated as a beneficiary of the estate. Either way, the dispute should be approached carefully.

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