Attorney-CPA Joe Cordell and co-host Susan Arthur discuss some of issues that can arise when emotions get involved in the estate planning process. They discuss the need to have a plan in place, as well as highlighting how differing viewpoints regarding who feels entitled to what can breed conflict when it comes to making sure that the wishes are carried out according to the elder family member’s request.
Joe talks about how third parties like creditors, can involve themselves in the process after the family member has died. He also discusses how customizable trusts can be, in terms of how much control to specific amounts of money benefactors are allowed.
Joe talks about the unfortunate circumstances when a benefactor goes through a divorce after receiving an inheritance and how that is sorted out, as well as how an inheritance can make someone a target and at risk for exacerbating existing addictions.