What Can Be Done to Prevent My Family from Contesting My Will?

Published On: 03/07/2018

If you worry that your family member(s) may disagree with any provisions of your Last Will and Testament, then your estate planning attorney can use some of the following strategies to minimize the chances of a will contest.  

  1. Explain in the will very thoroughly any unequal distributions. For example, if your daughter provided care to you and you want to leave her more than another daughter who lives far away, then rather than simply stating the distribution, make it known in the instrument that the reason for the unequal distribution is the care provided by Daughter A. 
  2. Include a clause offering for the estate to pay for mediation, and even designate a specific mediator, in the event conflict should arise.
  3. Include a Letter of Intent with your estate plan where you write your intentions and explain your thought process to all beneficiaries. Often hearing a thorough explanation of why you made the choices you made will help to assuage family members into accepting your terms.

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Britt Stouffer

Britt L. Stouffer is a Maryland attorney experienced in Estates, Trusts, and Elder Law. With over 10 years of experience in Estates and Trusts, she has learned to appreciate how unique each client truly is. On a typical day, you will find her working on Wills, Revocable Living Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Advance Medical Directives, Tax Planning cases, Estate Administration filings, Petitions for Guardianships, Special Needs Planning, and Asset Protection.

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