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Woman’s Day Magazine Features Dorothy Wilson’s Guardian Abuse

Attorney Tara Wilson of Andover, MA, had many of her own estate planning  documents in order. But after her grandmother fell ill at 84 and her relatives  disagreed on her care, the court appointed a stranger as guardian, overruling  her grandmother’s wishes.

“The guardian kept her from her loved ones, put a reverse mortgage on her  house, moved her to a nursing home and squandered her savings. From all this I  learned that I needed to name a second and third choice for healthcare proxy and  power of attorney, and add a provision to my will that the court is not to  appoint anyone else to represent the interests of my children. And I keep my  will up to date.”

Read more: Healthcare Proxy – How to Write a Will

How to Avoid Fights Over Inheritance

How to Avoid Fights Over Inheritance

Experts say a will alone is insufficient to prevent family squabbles

July 17, 2012

An elderly woman on her deathbed has an estate worth $400,000. She has four children and a will stating that she wants each child to receive 25 percent of her assets after she dies.

The situation seems simple enough: The woman has a legal document in place—a will—that contains specifics on how she wants her estate to be passed along to her children. But according to estate-planning experts, this woman’s death could kick off a long and expensive legal process that often turns ugly. Fights over inheritance can cause rifts in families that are sometimes impossible to heal, these experts say.

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