Estate beneficiaries find themselves in disputes for a variety of reasons. The grief of losing a loved one, unresolved divorce-related issues, mental health issues, lack of mental capacity, and deep-seated family disagreements can all factor largely. In most cases, though, the main cause of conflict is inaccurate or inappropriate estate planning.
At Hagel Lawfirm, we understand how family conflicts can lead to the diminished value of an estate. That is why we work with families to resolve estate-related disputes in the most cost-effective way possible. Whether through negotiation, mediation or litigation, the solution should protect against loss of estate assets and minimize emotional conflict between family members.
Disinheritance — intentional or not — often comes as a surprise to the disinherited party. Depending on the circumstances, a person may be disinherited because of mistakes in the will; unresolved issues between the deceased and the disinherited individual; misunderstandings due to lack of communication; and, in some cases, coercion or undue influence.
Whether you are challenging or defending a will, it is crucial that you obtain legal counsel as soon as possible in order to minimize cost to you and to the estate. Disputes over wills can often be resolved without going to court, but in other cases it is necessary to litigate. An experienced estate litigation lawyer can listen to you and explain your options for a cost-efficient solution.
With offices in Mississauga, Hagel Lawfirm represents beneficiaries, estates and executors throughout the GTA. To learn more, please see our estate litigation overview.