Thinking about your family members fighting tooth and nail when you pass away isn't something that pleases most people. In fact, the desire to squash the issues is one reason why some people create estate plans before they die. What many people don't think about is the fact that some family members might still pitch fits.
Challenging a will is one way that someone can try to go against what you state in your will. There are very specific conditions that must be present if this is going to happen. One thing that you can do to help prevent this is to work on ensuring that your estate plan is fully enforceable.
In some cases, using trusts to distribute assets can help to prevent estate litigation issues after you pass away. If you choose to do this, you will need to make sure that you have everything ready for those involved to handle the trust according to your wishes.
We realize that you might not be able to think about all of the scenarios that might come into the picture at that point. We are here to help you consider the possibilities so that you can try to plan for them.
Ultimately, your estate plan, including your will, trusts and powers of attorney need to provide very clear instructions that reflect your wishes. You must ensure that everything is done in accordance with California laws so that the legality of the instructions won't be questioned by the court. We can help you learn what steps you can take to prevent contentious issues from occurring over your estate.