Conflicts frequently erupt in blended families as children, especially from a prior marriage and spouse's interests, often aren't aligned. As Estate Planning mistakes become costly when your family have to sort out disagreements in probate court, it is critical that you clearly state your terms in your estate plan and that you communicate and explain your wishes to your loved ones in person while you're still alive to reduce the chances of conflict and to bring them closer at the same time.
A will is an integral part of your estate plan, but it is not enough to protect your wishes in the event of incapacity or death. There’s a common saying among lawyers: “Where there’s a will, there’s a probate.” But having your family end up in court or conflict is no laughing matter. That's why it is important to complete a comprehensive estate plan in addition to the will, including a trust (if needed), advanced health care directive, financial power of attorney, and Kids Protection Plan®.
The last thing you want is your family fighting after your death because you didn't create a proper estate plan. This is very common, especially when there is no Will or Trust to clarify who was given what. The good thing is that it can be easily avoided through estate planning. It is one of the most important things you should do so that your family is not having a difficult time, especially if you have a blended family. Here is a perfect example of what you want to avoid.