One thing that I have found is that if a family of someone who has died can communicate effectively then the probate process goes smoother. (I suppose that is the same both before and after someone passes away. Effective communication can prevent all kinds of problems. Easier said than done, I know.However, many times I go to court only to find out that the time and expense could have been avoided if the parties had communicated better (or at all.)
Deborah Matthews, an attorney in Virginia, has a great post with some ways to get this year off on the right foot with one such discussion. Check it out here.
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