Will disputes can divide families and cause a lot of anguish to family members. Family members may no longer speak to each other if they are fighting over a deceased family member’s will. Would you like to know how to avoid a will dispute? Carry on reading on below to learn more.

Here is some necessary information.

Will disputes can occur when a person has died. The deceased individual’s estate has to be divided. It is essential to keep in mind that even if the deceased has a valid will, his family members might still have a will dispute.

One common will dispute is when the beneficiaries do not agree on the disposition of the estate property. Sometimes, families can argue about whether they need to sell the family home or whether the family home needs to remain in the family. How can this issue be solved? The beneficiaries who would like to keep the home have to buy out the interest of the beneficiaries who would like to sell the home.

Another common will dispute is when the heirs, or potential heirs, mention issues with the will. It is not advised for people to make a will themselves or to make use of informal wills. These wills might be more prone to being challenged since they might not be clear about the wishes of the deceased.

Creating a valid will before you die is so essential. Make sure that you consult with a lawyer if you are going to create a will.

How to avoid will disputes:

  • Paying for a proper will is essential.
  • Make sure that your will is reviewed.
  • Speaking to your family is crucial. A dispute can be avoided later on, if you talk to your family while you are alive, and explain your intentions to them.

You may think that one of your beloved family members won’t contest your will. Do not overlook the possibility of a family member deciding to contest your will.

These are all very useful points for you to keep in mind when it comes to avoiding a will dispute.

The last thing that you would want to happen is for your family members to have disputes over your will and fight over your will. Disputes over a will can really upset many of your family members. Avoiding a will dispute is the best solution for your beloved and dear family members.

DR MERVIN MESSIAS
JD (Juris Doctor) / BA, LLB (Wits) / TEP (Trust & Estate Practitioner) / MTP (Master Tax Practitioner – S.A)