Resolving Family Estate Disputes With Care

When legal disputes affect the family, the stakes are enormous. Not only legal and financial matters loom large, but precious family relationships can also suffer irreparable damage.

At The Krause Law Firm in Sioux Falls, our lawyers handle family estate disputes with great care and attention to detail. Our aim is to preserve family relationships while vigorously protecting our clients' rights. We handle complex probate and estate administration for clients in Sioux Falls, throughout South Dakota and beyond.

Family Dispute Warning Signs

Disputes can arise in any family, but certain factors raise the likelihood of conflict. Some of these factors include:

  • Sibling rivalry: Conflicts that extend all the way back to childhood can rear their heads during the administration of a parent's estate. An attorney can provided a clearheaded view, free from emotional strife that can cloud judgment regarding critical legal and financial decisions.
  • Economic disparity between beneficiaries: An inheritance can look very different to a financially established person than it does to someone barely struggling to get by. If an estate plan does not reflect this reality, negotiating amicably during the probate process may serve to ease tensions.
  • Multiple marriages: If the decedent was married more than once and had children with more than one person, the transfer of estate assets can prove challenging. This is especially true if the decedent did not update his or her estate plan or did not have prenuptial agreements in place.

Many of these problems can be resolved with careful legal planning. By establishing and updating your estate planning documents, you can spare your loved ones the vexing questions and ambiguities that so often lead to conflict.

Whether you are engaged in a family estate dispute or making plans to avoid one, our attorneys can provide you with the experienced advice and representation you need.

Schedule Your Initial Consultation

A family estate dispute can prove costly and disruptive, but you don't have to face it alone. We are here to protect your rights and resolve this dispute in the most amicable, cost-effective manner possible. You can reach our Sioux Falls law offices online or by telephone at 605-610-3496.