Even the closest families can fall apart when money and sentiment are involved. Emotions often run high and the executor faces the challenges of trying to honor the decedent’s wishes while also holding the family together.
We live in a world of blended families — yours, mine, and ours. Even in families where everyone gets along, the death of a parent and spouse can cause tremendous tension when it comes to handling the decedent’s estate.
The death of a parent can be an emotional time for their dependents. Unfortunately, such a huge loss can bring about legal disagreements and deepen rifts among siblings. When close family members fail to agree over the terms or validity of a will, the will may be contested.
According to a 2018 EstateExec survey, on average, it takes an executor about 16 months or approximately 570 hours of effort to settle an estate. If you've been appointed as an executor to settle an estate, consulting with an experienced Texas estate administration attorney is crucial for proper guidance.
Approximately 55 to 64 percent of Americans do not have a will. Unfortunately, this may mean that their loved ones will need to go through the probate process upon their death.