Music legend Glen Campbell, who passed away last year after a lengthy and public bout with Alzheimer’s Disease, has been nominated posthumously for a Grammy award for his song, “Arkansas Farmboy.” But sadly he is in the news now for a very different reason: a family legal battle over his estate. A Nashville court hearing scheduled for February will address whether a 2006 Last Will and Testament left by Campbell is valid, in light of his mental capacity at the time, or whether a previous will is the lawful expression of his last wishes.
Sometimes, family disputes over a loved one’s estate plan are unavoidable. If you feel the need to leave out children, that can be especially controversial and hurtful. But with careful planning and open communication, the likelihood that your wishes will be clear and followed by the court can be increased, and the chances that your Will results in litigation can be minimized.
Here are five things you can do if you find yourself needing to leave family members, especially children, out of your will.