How Can I Avoid a Will Contest?

Avoiding Estate Litigation Through Effective Estate Planning

When it comes to avoiding a will contest or other estate litigation, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Taking the steps ahead of time to ensure you have a durable estate plan is the best way to make sure your wishes are clear and save your heirs the financial and emotional pain of going through a will contest.

At Bassett & Gabriel Law Office, we pride ourselves on providing individuals and couples in Illinois with honest, straightforward estate planning advice. By taking the time to understand the unique circumstances, goals, and needs of our clients, we are able to anticipate potential issues and address them as part of a comprehensive estate plan.

The More Outstanding Issues, the Higher the Likelihood of Litigation

When things are left to chance, there’s a higher chance of things going wrong. This is true in many aspects of life, but especially when it comes to estates. Combining the raw emotions of losing a loved one with human factors such as greed is a recipe for fighting. It is not uncommon for long-simmering issues between siblings and other heirs to boil over after the death of a parent or other loved one.

Having a thorough estate plan that makes your wishes known, assigns beneficiaries, and provides for the distribution of assets is the best way to limit the number of things heirs have to fight about it. You may not be able to solve all of your family’s relationship issues, but you can take steps to make sure your death doesn’t provide fuel for the fire.

Contact One Of Madison County’s Longstanding Law Firms

Bassett & Gabriel Law Office, P.C., serves the Madison County community with quality legal advocacy and an enthusiasm for helping individuals. Call the firm in Wood River, Illinois, to speak with our lawyers at 618-254-0141. If you prefer, send us an email.