Mirick O’Connell: Sibling rivalry in probate disputes

Genetically, siblings are our closest family members. But when it comes to litigation over family property or money, siblings can quickly become our biggest adversaries. In disputes concerning wills or trusts, dormant – or not so dormant – sibling rivalry often emerges. Siblings of all ages, and of all economic or professional statures, have a tendency to dig in their heels, fight for control and often be profoundly pigheaded when legal and family matters collide. While probate disputes are ostensibly about money, the core of most probate litigation concerns decades of complex and emotional family issues. Indeed, a large percentage of sibling squabbles involves people in their fifties and sixties. Read more