How To Divide Possessions Among Heirs
We like to imagine that a death brings families together in grief, but that's not always the case. Sometimes, the daughter of the deceased will announce that her mother had promised her the picture that always hung on the living room wall, but then the son pipes up that the picture was promised to him. Both have memories and emotions associated with the picture, so the fight can get acrimonious fast, potentially leading to a split family in which siblings aren't communicating. The purpose of a well-drafted will is to give clarity to your wishes to make sure this doesn't happen to your family.
Your executor can make sure that splitting up your stuff doesn't split up your family if you follow these best practices:
The more clearly you enumerate who gets what, the less likely it is that strife will ruin the most important thing in your life: your family. Sometimes, your family will go into the process affirming their commitment to remain connected as a family. This is the time to reconcile and forgive.
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