The probate process can present various challenges, but the impact of a dispute can be especially difficult for families. Unfortunately, these disagreements often lead to hostility among family members, and in certain circumstances, they can amplify existing challenges within a family. For example, a longstanding sibling rivalry may be magnified when a probate dispute surfaces. Even when siblings have maintained healthy relationships for decades, these relationships can be strained or even shattered when a dispute over a loved one's estate comes into the picture.
Sibling rivalries may occur when brothers and sisters are unhappy with how an estate has been divided between them. Or, one sibling may be given authority over an estate, and their other siblings may be unhappy with how they have managed these affairs. If you have been given these responsibilities, you may find that your brother or sister is upset and even jealous. In some instances, people may falsely accuse a sibling of mishandling an estate, while others may have a misunderstanding over any number of estate-related matters.
As difficult as it can be, it is important to attempt to reduce tensions during these situations. Probate disputes and other difficulties involving a family member's estate plan have destroyed many relationships, and some of these problems were completely avoidable. On the other hand, some people are simply bitter and no amount of communication or reaching out will help. Regardless of the exact nature of a probate dispute, it is essential to approach the situation carefully, and from an individualized angle.