When individuals do not fully understand how certain matters work, it can be easy for others to take advantage of them. For example, many Texas residents do not fully understand the ins and outs of the probate process or what power executors and trustees have. In some cases, people in these positions may try to act unscrupulously, and beneficiaries may find that they need to move forward with probate litigation to address issues.
Many people expect to obtain a portion of a person's estate after his or her passing if they were close to the decedent. In particular, surviving spouses often feel it is obvious for them to obtain important assets. However, some spouses may find themselves having to fight for their rightful assets through probate litigation due to unseemly actions of other people.
When siblings do not get along, the lives of Texas parents and those elsewhere can be made miserable. Even after their parents' deaths, adult children can continue to squabble and disagree over the estate. In some cases, the disagreements could reach a point at which resolutions may only be found through probate litigation.
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.