It is not uncommon to have disagreement amongst family members about the funeral and how much money to spend on it. The funeral can be a contentious issue and can set the stage for continuous friction amongst family members throughout the estate settlement process.

Obviously, there is no time for much debate on funeral arrangements. If family members cannot agree, the executor must step in, as diplomatically as possible, and make the arrangements, erring on the conservative side when it comes to spending the estate’s money on the funeral.

If at this early stage, it becomes clear that there is long standing friction amongst the beneficiaries and that the estate is going to be very contentious and difficult to settle, the executor may wish to seek legal advice and consider renouncing.

 

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