Family dynamics can always be challenging, but are even more so in blended families. Friction between ex-spouses and children from other marriages can boil over when parents pass away. If proper estate planning is not done in advance, the courts step in to divide family assets. This is never an easy situation, and in the case of blended families this process can create great animosity. Well regarded Nevada estate planning attorney Scott Halvorsen recently wrote an excellent article on this topic. Nevada has some of the best trust and estate laws in the country, and may give you more options and strategies that your home state laws. If you have questions about how estate planning topics impact your family, please call Greg Crawford at Alliance Trust in Reno, 775-297-4684.