What happens when family members disagree over how to distribute your assets?
Assets will generally not go to the state unless there are simply no blood relatives to be found. However, if you have blood relatives who might disagree about how assets should be distributed, things can get complex.
This can include children from a previous marriage, children born out of wedlock (acknowledged or not) and half-siblings, not to mention other blood relatives and any claims wives, ex-wives and step-children may make on the estate.
It is not clear exactly which or how many of these classes will be involved in seeking to benefit from Prince’s estate, but reports are that a number of people have come forward to claim a share of the estate, however dubious their connection to the entertainment icon might be.
Was Prince’s lack of a will willful? It is not impossible that Prince decided not to draw up a will for reasons of his own. For some individuals, the prospect of facing one’s own mortality involved in creating a will can be so daunting as to cause long delays in the process or prevent it altogether.
Whatever the case may have been, failing to create a will does not help when it comes to passing on your belongings to family members and loved ones.
The long, often expensive process of probate is made even more so when an individual dies intestate (without a will). Moreover, the assets that a person has worked so hard to generate during their life can be disposed of in a manner quite contrary to their wishes after their death if they don’t take the time to create some sort of plan for the distribution of those assets while they are alive.
Create an estate plan to avoid probate and family conflicts
If you or a loved one needs help setting up an estate plan to avoid some of these issues, call Amity Law Group today at (626) 307-2800 for a free consultation with our experienced trust and estate lawyers.