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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Monday, July 18, 2011

Ten Ways to Prevent a Lawsuit Over Your Estate

Will-and-trust-pic Lawsuits over a decedent’s estate occur all to often. A list of ten steps an estate owner can take to help prevent a future lawsuit is below:



  1. Treat siblings equally.
  2. Decide who gets which treasure.
  3. Keep track of loans and advances.
  4. Transfer a business with a contract.
  5. Check ownership of what you leave.
  6. Get your own lawyer.
  7. Consider a corporate executor.
  8. Establish you’re of sound mind.
  9. Include a “no contest” clause.
  10. Spell out any disinheritance.

See Ashlea Ebeling, 10 Ways to Lawsuit-Proof Your Estate, Forbes, Jul. 13, 2011.

Special thanks to Patrick Thiessen (Attorney, Denver, Colorado) and Jim Hillhouse (WealthCounsel) for bringing this to my attention.


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