The probate process can be challenging for a myriad of reasons, and those who are struggling with the recent loss of someone they love may be incredibly stressed out when it comes to managing the estate. For example, someone who is in charge of managing their loved one’s estate may not be familiar with the process or fully aware of all of their responsibilities. Or, they could feel overwhelmed and may even be accused of wrongdoing. On the other hand, beneficiaries may also become upset with how the estate is being managed or how assets have been divided. These issues can be especially challenging when they result in a rivalry between siblings.
Sibling disputes may arise when a beneficiary accuses their brother or sister who in charge of an estate of various forms of misconduct, such as failing to distribute assets appropriately. On the other hand, you may be in charge of an estate and you could be struggling with false claims. If you are a beneficiary, it is important to make sure that your rights have not been violated and that the estate is being taken care of properly. If you are in charge of an estate, you should recognize your responsibilities and handle any false allegations of wrongdoing promptly. Regardless of which side you are on, it is imperative to handle the dispute to the best of your ability.
Sadly, sibling rivalries involving probate disputes are not uncommon. Some have created a permanent rift in relationships, which highlights the importance of approaching the probate process appropriately.