We are working remotely and all of us continue to be available by telephone or email. In alignment with national, state and local initiatives as it relates to the coronavirus, we remain open for business and have changed the way we are working for the health and well-being of our employees, and you, our valued clients and colleagues. Read more

Mason & Helmers
We Welcome Your Call
  • Phone 651-323-2548
  • Toll Free 877-389-5533

Three factors that can add fire to an estate dispute

For many families, the death of a loved one brings not only grief, but also contention and acrimony. Here are three factors that can cause contentious disputes between family members and other parties with interest in an estate:

  • Sibling rivalry: When a parent dies, siblings may feel mistreated or overlooked. The potential for disputes is only magnified when there is significant financial disparity between the siblings. When possible, brothers and sisters can benefit from distancing themselves personally from the dispute, and focusing on the law. Putting neutral fiduciaries in charge of these matters can help dispel bad feelings between family members.
  • Undue influence: It is not uncommon for key figures to arise the final years and months of a person's life. These people often provide care and serve as confidants. Contention can arise when these close companions become key beneficiaries. If there is strong evidence of undue influence, a will can be deemed invalid.
  • Late marriage: Few events contribute more to estate disputes than a late-life marriage. This is especially true when there are not solid estate planning documents in place. When a decedent leaves a spouse and ex-spouse behind, or children from more than one relationship, the need for skilled legal guidance is paramount.

Estate disputes can prove costly and disruptive, but can be resolved efficiently with proactive legal action. If you are engaged in an estate dispute or see one on the horizon, you can benefit greatly from consulting with an experienced estate litigation attorney. 

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

For Assistance with Estate Disputes & Other Matters, Contact Us

To learn more about the firm and how we can assist you,
contact Mason & Helmers in St. Paul, Minnesota. Call 651-323-2548 or 877-389-5533 (toll free) to set up an appointment.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review
rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories — legal ability and general ethical standards.

Contact Our Attorneys

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Email Us For A Response
Mason & Helmers

Mason & Helmers
332 Minnesota Street
Suite W-3070
St. Paul, MN 55101

Toll Free: 877-389-5533
Phone: 651-323-2548
St. Paul Law Office Map