Even when things move forward smoothly, the probate process can be challenging. However, it can be especially complicated to work through this process in certain instances, such as when a dispute arises. There are many reasons why probate disputes surface and we will explore some of them in this blog post. If you find yourself in the middle of a dispute, whether you are in charge of a loved one’s estate or you are a beneficiary, it is pivotal to understand your options and try to resolve the dispute properly.
In some cases, beneficiaries accuse those in charge of an estate of failing to uphold their responsibilities. Probate disputes may also involve a disagreement over guardianship or the wording of an estate plan and its validity. In some instances, the chances of such a dispute arising may be especially high. For example, a dysfunctional family or siblings who have a long-standing rivalry may be more likely to dispute some aspect of their loved one’s estate plan or the way in which it is being managed.
Sometimes, disputes arise over a simple misunderstanding, while others may involve people who intentionally complicate the process because they are unhappy with the estate plan. Regardless of the reason why you may have found yourself in the middle of a probate dispute, it is essential to be aware of your rights and handle the situation appropriately. After all, the decisions you make with regard to this dispute could have a significant impact on you and your loved ones.