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How involving family in probate can minimize conflict

On Behalf of | Jun 4, 2024 | Probate Administration |

Upon the loss of a loved one, excluding some family members from the probate process can worsen the situation. It’s easy to assume that since this is a sensitive time, it’s best to validate the deceased’s will quietly. Yet, even if speeding things along is well-intended, many family members can conclude that you’re up to something sinister. As a result, heated conflicts can arise, unnecessarily prolonging estate administration.

In general, you’re better off involving all family members from the get-go and keeping them in the loop in case of any updates. As soon as the probate process gets initiated, it can help to put everything concerning the deceased’s estate in the open. This is especially crucial if the deceased loved one appointed you as the executor of the estate.

Suppose you’re the executor; you have an ethical and legal mandate to share information about the deceased’s assets and liabilities. Keeping the family in the loop is one of the surefire ways to foster trust and avoid any legal complications.

Include the family in decision-making

If you’re the executor, you have the ultimate authority to pay the deceased debts and distribute their remaining assets. However, this doesn’t mean you should make all the decisions alone. Involving the family in decision-making can actually make your work easier because you can use their input and perspective to honor the deceased’s wishes in the best way possible.

Involving all family members during probate administration is not just about legal compliance; it’s about fostering a cooperative and transparent environment that honors the deceased’s wishes while respecting the emotions and needs of the living. By seeking legal guidance in this endeavor, you can also use this approach to more effectively avoid potential sources of legal trouble.