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What can be done during estate planning to avoid will contests?

Creating the perfect estate plan, one that covers everything, is easy to understand and makes the distribution of assets to beneficiaries a simple and straightforward process may seem like an impossible task. After all, it is not possible to make everyone happy. There may be those family members who feel the need to challenge the plans that have been put in place. There are things that Texas residents can do during the estate planning process that will help prevent will contests.

One of the most important things one can do to help avoid will contests is make sure his or her estate plan is updated when necessary. Life changes happen. Failing to update an estate plan to accompany those changes will only cause problems down the line.

Being transparent about wants and wishes with one's family is another thing that can be done. Talking to family members, explaining the details of one's estate plan and the purpose behind them can go a long way in preventing arguments and will challenges. Not everyone is comfortable taking this approach, and that is okay. It is always possible to leave a written explanation with one's legal documents. What is really important is that one's family be made aware than an estate plan has been completed.

Estate planning can be an overwhelming process as there are so many details to which need to be tended. Missing details or information that is out of date is what often leads to will contests. An experienced estate planning attorney can help Texas residents create wills that are complete, easy to understand and updated as often as necessary in order to help prevent challenges during probate.

Source: greenbaypressgazette.com, "Ways to avoid a will or trust contest", Carissa Giebel, March 27, 2017

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