Making designations for inheritance is a process that takes time for many families in California. In fact, it is a process that experts recommend be revisited frequently to make sure that the original designations remain appropriate despite marriages, births and divorces within a family line. One of the biggest concerns for many people is the worry that their decisions will be opposed by surviving family members and ultimately leave them quibbling over their opinions about what the intentions of their deceased family member were. 

While people cannot guarantee that their surviving family will not disagree over their intentions at all, they can implement practices to hopefully minimize confusion and discord after their death. According to The New York Times Magazine, the emotions surrounding a loved one’s death can wreak havoc on the emotional stability of that person’s family members. These emotions can often play a role in making disputes that may be rather simple to solve, even more treacherous than if they had occurred before their family member had passed away. 

The Washington Post suggests that individuals who are creating an estate plan and making distributions of certain assets before their death, be forthright in telling their family members about their intentions. This can be done individually or with their whole family in a meeting. This way, people have a chance to discuss their concerns or ask for clarification on aspects of the person’s estate plan before that person passes away. This approach to estate planning can serve as a way to reduce conflict in the future, while also encouraging other family members to be involved and supportive.