I have had many occasions to speak to folks after the death of a close loved one. There were the usual expressions of profound grief and sorrow that come with the reality that a beloved family member has passed away. In almost the same breath, the survivors express feelings that may range from irritation and ill-will to outright bitterness and resentment concerning the disposition of the deceased loved one's assets. The history in some families is that the feelings of hostility do not subside soon; sometimes, not ever.
Today I want to explore some of the reasons that cause hard feelings among family’s members after a death and offer some steps that may be taken as part of an estate plan in order to avoid such family drama.