A friend recently arranged to have his will prepared. He told me he planned to bequeath his one piece of real property in three equal measures to his brother and his two sons. In other words, three persons would become co-owners of one property.
I asked whether he planned to discuss with them the terms (not the value) of his bequest. He replied that they refused to discuss the matter. He said their unwillingness to discuss the bequest almost guaranteed a dispute over the distribution of the property after his death. He acknowledged that from past experience he was powerless to avert this outcome. Discussions about death or money were out of the question.[Read more…]