4 in 10 legacies lead to family disputes

8th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

8 June 2007, BRUSSELS – 42 percent of the people who receive an inheritance end up in a family quarrel over it. This emerged from a survey by Netto/Mon Argent, the personal finance magazines of business newspapers De Tijd and L'Echo. The newspapers reported the results of this survey on Friday.

8 June 2007

BRUSSELS – 42 percent of the people who receive an inheritance end up in a family quarrel over it. This emerged from a survey by Netto/Mon Argent, the personal finance magazines of business newspapers De Tijd and L'Echo. The newspapers reported the results of this survey on Friday.

In 50 percent of these cases the argument is over the inheritance from a parent. In two out of ten cases the argument involves the inheritance from a brother or sister.

In almost 75 percent of cases the argument over an inheritance is between siblings.

The arguments leave deep ruptures behind: six out of ten say that the arguments have permanently disrupted family relationships.

Careful estate planning is not sufficient to prevent disputes. Heirs do not necessarily fall out over a legal inequality. Often the basis for the quarrel is a perceived inequality that has built up over the years.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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