Meant to be a humorous little anecdote, the reality of litigation arising out of the passing of a friend or loved one can be devastating to all but the most mercenary. Fighting over money or property after such a loss compounds the loss experienced by all.
Sadly, the causes of discord range from simple neglect, the failing to keep an estate plan current, to malicious motivations and/or criminal fiduciary Elder Abuse. Most such discord can be prevented where family and friends are open and honest in their dealings with the elderly, but the times when civility breaks down, a court battle is too often the result.
While sometimes necessary and unavoidable, litigation usually occurs only when reasonable minds are unable to prevail.
“Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.” Abraham Lincoln
When efforts at compromise and civility fail, you want an experienced litigation attorney who knows the ropes and will fight for your rights.