When a loved one passes away, it can be hard to turn your attention towards dealing with their estate. You may feel as though you’re not properly mourning the loss of your loved one when you are faced with dividing up their possessions per their will.
Your loved one was proactive enough to engage in estate planning while they were alive and drafted a will that dictated the dispersion of their belongings. Despite how hard it may be to turn your attention to the legal side of a loved one’s death, there are a few things you should prepare for when dealing with estate litigation.
It will get emotional
In the cases where family members or close friends feel as though it’s a battle amongst one another in the litigation process, it can be an extremely emotional time. Siblings and children who were excluded from the will or estate planning, and may feel as though they aren’t being treated “fairly” in the wake of your loved one’s death. These litigation cases can be strenuous enough to tear families apart and drive wedges between even the closest of friends. Siblings may never speak to each other again over these disputes. It’s important not to make any mistakes during the litigation process that you’ll surely regret in the future.
It could take awhile before assets are liquidated
During the litigation process, assets may not be distributed to beneficiaries until after a final decision has been made. Particularly, these assets will remain undistributed if there is a dispute with the proceedings. If there are beneficiaries who are relying on the liquidation of these assets to pay the bills, then tensions could get much higher if a dispute is creating a prolonged decision.
It would be advisable to hire an attorney
There are many reasons to hire an attorney during the litigation process, particularly if you’re not familiar with estate planning law or are concerned about the estate planning lawyers your loved one hired. Contacting a law office with trained and experienced attorneys could benefit you greatly.
Nobody wants to have to deal with the loss of a loved one, and surely no one wants to have to think about divvying up their belongings afterward. A will can take only 10 to 15 minutes to draft, but the pain of losing someone can last forever. Contacting a law office to hire a reputable attorney can make this process much smoother for you and your family.
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