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Daughter faces eviction because of outdated will

Many people assume that as long as they have a will, then everything will be fine if they pass away. Unfortunately, a person's wishes may change drastically throughout the course of his or her life, and an old will may contain outdated directives — sometimes with devastating effects for the ones you love. Just such a situation arose recently because a mother neglected to update her will, posing a serious threat to her daughter and grandchildren.

Why would I challenge a will?

There are a number of valid reasons why you might choose to challenge a will, but there are steps you should always take first before making this move. Challenging a will is often a lengthy process and almost certainly holds the potential to strain personal relationships between you and other interested parties. Before you choose to challenge a will, be sure that you seek proper legal counsel to examine the nuances of your situation and identify elements of the law that may support your claims.

Creating a will reduces family conflict

It is never pleasant to dwell on your own possible death, but it is necessary if you want to protect the ones you love from potential conflicts after you pass away. Even those who are relatively young and in good health have issues to consider if they own any property and don't want their loved ones to fight over it if and when they pass away. If you want to reduce the risk of conflicts between your loved ones in the wake of your death, you absolutely need to create a will.

Why might I change my will?

It is common knowledge that everyone should have a will, but just having a will is not always enough to ensure that your wishes are known and executed when you pass away. Regular will maintenance that's reflective of important life changes is an important component of any plan for handling your affairs if you become incapacitated or after your death.

Don't avoid talking about money, even in tough situations

Parents often think they should avoid talking to their kids about money, even when it comes to a will and an inheritance. They somehow think that this is a taboo subject, something that is off limits, because how much money a person has is considered personal. Additionally, both children and parents may be afraid to talk about it because it also means talking about a time when the parent has passed away.

How many witnesses have to sign a will?

When drafting a will, one of your goals should be writing things out so that there will be no confusion or infighting after you have passed away. You don't want to create a situation where people are challenging your will and disputing its claims.

Triggers that tell you to write a will

Eventually, most people come to the realization that they should write a will. However, there is no legal requirement here, so you're not going to hit some magical age when it all makes sense and you know it's time. Below are a few natural triggers that you may run into in life that can indicate that it's time to get your desires down on paper.

Have many celebrities died without a will?

Most people -- even those who are considered famous -- do not want to think about their deaths. However, when someone famous passes away and there is no will, the battle for his or her estate is played out in the public's eye. In addition, the cases can often be complex due to royalties and other ongoing or complicated assets.

Testimony under oath will be required by alleged Prince heirs

In the last few years, we have lost some truly talented, respected and remarkable men and women. One of those has been music icon Prince. He also is in the group of superstars who didn't have a will, such as Amy Winehouse, Sonny Bono, Jimmy Hendrix and Bob Marley.

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