In this in-depth article O'Sullivan explores reasons for naming a non-family member as fiduciary, while maintaining family input. Bequests involving family businesses or farms are investigated. Also discussed are issues involving loans to children, compensation for parent care, blended families, and the advisability of discussion of will provisions with adult children, especially if bequests are unequal. In all instances, steps to maintain family harmony are urged.
O'Sullivan, Timothy P.
"Family Harmony: An All Too Frequent Causality of the Estate Planning Process ,"
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2, Article 4.
Available at: http://scholarship.law.marquette.edu/elders/vol8/iss2/4