Floridians probably remember the great amount of media attention directed to the Terri Schiavo case in the early 2000s. This woman had lived in a near-vegetative state for years and her husband and parents disagreed over whether she should be kept alive by receiving nutrition through a feeding tube.
One food magnate's estate has incited intense arguments between his beneficiaries and the estate's trustees. The trustees claim that since most of the assets are in Florida, it makes sense to go through probate court here. The food magnate's grown children claim that since they live in Minnesota, the trust should be resolved in courts there.
When a person's parent or spouse dies, managing their estate is probably one of the last things on the person's mind. However, once immediate issues are dealt with and initial grief has subsided, this person may realize that the parent or spouse's estate needs to be managed.
What do you value most in life? Family? Work? Helping others? Many people choose to put time and money into things they care about. This might mean spending time outdoors with family members on weekends or volunteering at a food shelf during one's free time. How one chooses to spend time and money may indicate where one would like money from an estate to go.
Many parents worry about their children. They may worry that their children will not make smart life decisions, could get into dangerous situations, or will become ill. One father of three children with disabilities has many worries about his children's futures. The man adopted three disadvantaged children with his wife, who died two years ago. The children are now 18, 14 and 11 years old.