Crazy Happens in Estates

Three people are alleged to have dug up a grave of a man, ten years after he died, looking for the “original will”.

The stories of fights over inheritances are everywhere, and touch almost every family personally. When I began practicing, it all seemed so strange. I frequently was surprised by what I didn’t understand. The behavior was unexpected, but I always saw the raw emotion that drives people to do things that they wouldn’t ordinarily do.

This grave robbing example would have surprised me. I would have thought “What were they thinking?”  After years of practicing, nothing surprises me because I’ve seen the raw emotion and sometimes the crazy conspiracy theories that cement themselves in the minds of people.

When I read it, I thought to myself, there are some people whose emotions were so strong that it overcame even their best judgment.

As I practice, I try to keep in mind that we are dealing with people, not estates. And, there are ways to minimize and reduce conflict to avoid inflaming already “hot” and “raw” emotions.