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A Little Extra Planning Can Prevent "Heir Wars"

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April 16, 2024 •  Emily Hicks Law, PLLC
Families can end up in courtrooms after the passing of a loved one. But with proper estate planning, those conflicts may be avoided.

We often hear about families that end up in courtrooms over money and personal items that belonged to a loved one. Seeking professional guidance from estate planning attorneys and financial advisors is recommended to navigate complexities and protect family harmony. Proper estate planning not only safeguards assets and minimizes taxes but also preserves relationships and peace of mind for future generations.

The legacy of late California Senator Dianne Feinstein faced challenges due to lawsuits filed before her death, exposing rifts within the family and flaws in her and her late husband's estate plans.

Feinstein's husband, Richard Blum, a wealthy investor, passed away in February 2022. Both had children from previous marriages, indicating complexities in their family dynamics and estate arrangements.

The article emphasizes the importance of estate planning to prevent conflicts among heirs. It stresses the need for careful documentation and clear communication to ensure assets are distributed according to one's wishes.

If you'd like to get your estate plan on paper, give us a call today.

Resource: Forbes, Bob Carlson, April 15, 2024: A Little Extra Planning Can Prevent "Heir Wars"

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