Surviving family members are not always satisfied with the manner in which a loved one's remaining estate is divided after his or her death. In some cases, individuals feel the need to utilize probate litigation because they feel strongly that the details of any estate plans do not coincide with the loved one's true intentions. However, taking such action could put inheritances at risk.
The loss of a loved one can often leave lasting impacts. Though many Texas residents may want to ensure that their loved one's final affairs are properly handled and that any remaining tasks can be finished as soon as possible, that is not always what happens. In some instances, executors may not handle their duties properly, and probate litigation could result.
Feelings of discontent over the details of a will are not uncommon after a person's passing. Some individuals may feel as if they did not get their fair share but do not have reason to formally question why the decision was made. However, other parties may have reason to move forward with probate litigation if there are serious concerns about the validity of the will.
Disputes among family members are not altogether uncommon. When the disputes arise after a loved one's death, however, they can be particularly difficult to address. In some cases, if a family member is providing false information about a person's will or lack thereof, probate litigation could ensue.
When information relating to a person's estate has not been updated, it is not uncommon for conflict to result. Some individuals may find themselves in probate litigation as they fight for the outcomes they believe best suit the situation. Unfortunately, this type of action can be cumbersome.
Losing a loved one is not an easy experience. Even years after a person's death, complications with the estate can continue to cause turmoil for surviving family. In some cases, probate litigation may continue for an extended period of time if loved ones believe that those involved in handling the estate are not doing so properly.
Uncertainty and a need for control can often drive many people's motivations. When a loved one passes away and the remaining estate needs to be settled, it is not unusual for surviving loved ones to wind up in conflict over who should control the estate or at least portions of it. In some cases, probate litigation may be necessary in order to get to the bottom of the issues.
There are certain instances in which having expectations can cause more harm than good. However, when a person indicates through his or her estate planning documents that funds will be given to a particular organization, having the expectation of receiving those funds seems appropriate. If sudden changes result in that expectation not becoming reality, probate litigation may result.
Older people often need help with day-to-day activities, especially when their mental sharpness begins to decline. As a result, Texas family members, friends or hired help may be needed to ensure that those daily needs are met. However, some unscrupulous people may subject a vulnerable person to undue influence, and if this wrongdoing results in an undeserving person obtaining a portion of a deceased individual's estate, probate litigation could result.
Some Texas residents may be unaware of the seriousness of estate planning mistakes. In fact, some people could find that they cannot obtain a deceased loved one's assets because a certain form was not filed correctly. Though probate litigation may help in these cases, it can be long and difficult. Additionally, some people may not have the ability to continue fighting.