may be interested in a recent article from Scripps Howard News Service titled
“Estate planning can help prevent family feuds,” by Claudia Buck of the
Sacramento Bee, which explores some of the practical reasons why people should
do estate planning.  Here’s how it starts:

“The irate sister who smashed a crystal vase in her attorney's parking lot,
rather than hand it over to her sister after Mom died.  The squabbling siblings
who spent three years and $15,000 battling over a few hundred dollars' worth of
JC Penney and Kmart knickknacks.  The brother who shot his deceased sister's
beloved dog in order to collect his inheritance.  Talk with enough
estate-planning attorneys and you hear the distressing, sorry sagas resulting
from no — or poor — estate planning. . . .”

The full article is available online at

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