In Response to ‘How to Prevent Feuds Among Heirs’

This article about avoiding family conflicts in the administration of estates raises great points, but is just as important for what it doesn’t say.

For instance: clients will often ask about inserting “no contest” clauses into their estate documents (i.e. if the beneficiary contests this trust he or she will receive nothing). These clauses are highly protective of beneficiaries, and relying on them alone as a safeguard against problem beneficiaries is unwise, to say the least.

What merits highlighting in the article is the effectiveness that a professional neutral fiduciary (i.e. a trustee or executor) can have. One who can jump into the fray early and work with the parties before conflict becomes intractable has been proven to be hugely successful!