In case you were curious, here is fine example of a lesson from Bleak House being just as current today (i.e. when families fight, only the lawyers reliably win): https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/08/your-money/family-estate-court-fight.html. For most estate planning lawyers, while we’re happy to help you in litigation (we have bills to pay too), if it’s your estate, we’d much rather help you avoid the fight in the first place. I steer you away from taking the majority of the conflict-avoiding advice in the article because there is no one-size-fits-all solution, but there’s a particularly good line about the truth in reducing estate planning conflicts. “Avoiding costly and destructive family squabbles is both straightforward and incredibly complex. Family members must be willing to put in effort that may be unpleasant and difficult.” Call or contact me today if you’d like some help tackling this problem.

 Post by Peter Harrison.