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Going about a will without the drama

No matter the age, siblings can carry out a feud long after an incident has come and gone. Many of these disagreements involve serious topics such as a parent's will. California parents who are at the stages of drafting a will may be hesitant to explain the details to younger family members. Is there a correct way of going about estate planning, and how does one explain decisions made in such an important document?

The American Grandparents Association provides an article on sibling will disputes, using a study to show that roughly 15 percent of siblings quarrel over parents and money. Even though this percentage may be small, the arguments can become vicious. For instance, the AGA shares that most sibling disputes arise over the ways a parent has divided inheritance. Stemming from this issue comes another common point of contention: determining who cares for a struggling parent the most. The mere differences in generations can fan the flame of an argument involving finances. As with most arguments, the AGA urges readers to always communicate over confusion surrounding a will.

The New York Times raises an estate planning strategy that may be unfamiliar to some California families. Even when a will treats children differently, it can, as The Times stresses, still be fair. In a similar vein as the AGA's article, The Times encourages families to have open conversations about all aspects of a will. Because one person's financial matters can differ from the next, some parents may decide to leave more money behind for one child than another. It can seem unequal, but can serve as a logical solution when some family members have serious financial needs. In many cases, children must decide what to do with a will long after its beginning drafting stages -- which can also require a great deal of planning and communication. 


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