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Rest in Peace:
How to manage an estate dispute without inheriting heartache
THE BOOK
Are you facing an inheritance war following the loss of your loved one?

We have all heard the horror stories of epic legal battles that follow the death of a family member. No-one really wins. Legal costs decimate hard-earned inheritances, and family relationships are destroyed forever.

We often think that it won’t happen to us. Until it does.

Rest in Peace – How to Manage an Estate Dispute without Inheriting Heartache, will help you navigate your family’s estate contest in a healthy way that can prevent an all-out family war.

Written by specialist succession lawyer, collaborative practitioner and nationally accredited mediator Zinta Harris, Rest in Peace sets out the legal and personal information you need for understanding and resolving wills and estate disputes, showing how you can negotiate an agreement that will free everyone to get on with life without ongoing conflict.

You will discover:
  • Strategies to prevent an estate dispute from happening in the first place
  • Techniques to help you cope with grief to better handle the legal fallout
  • Ways to stay calm and focused on what matters most to prevent the battle getting bitter
  • Tips on navigating the minefield of estate administration
  • Insights into estate challenges: what they are, how they arise and the law’s stance on each
  • Pathways for contested estate resolution, both in and out of court
  • Skills to help you negotiate well and adjust to your ‘new normal’ once resolution is reached.
About the Author
Zinta Harris is the owner of Resolve Estate Law (formerly Harris Law), a Brisbane-based boutique law firm specialising in contested estates and complex estate administrations.
She is the only dual-accredited specialist in Succession Law and Business Law in Queensland and the only specialist of this kind in Australia who is also a nationally accredited mediator and accredited collaborative practitioner. This makes her one of the very first collaborative lawyers specialising in disputed estates in Australia.
Zinta’s very first case was a bitter estate battle that ended in court. She saw first-hand how fighting over money completely destroyed a family and left a hard-earned inheritance in tatters after paying huge legal bills. This frustrated Zinta and set her on a path to find a better way to help grieving families deal with the fallout after the loss of a loved one.
In the two decades since, Zinta has helped steer dozens of complex and bitter estate battles to resolution without going to court. But in many cases, settlements were reached at a late stage in the process when the damage had already been done, financially and relationally. It was not until recently, when Zinta first learned of the Collaborative Practice model, that she considered approaching the resolution of contested estate matters differently. This model has been used successfully in family law divorce contexts in Australia for over a decade but has only recently been used in other contexts, including contested estates, in the USA and the UK.
Zinta has observed that when a holistic approach is taken, involving grief counsellors and common financial advisers, estate disputes resolve more quickly. She believes that when clients are surrounded by a support team of ‘Sherpas’ to guide them through their valley of grief and loss, families are less likely to be torn apart or lose their inheritance to massive legal costs.
Whether you have just lost a loved one, or you fear a battle is on the horizon, Rest in Peace is a must-read for any family who wants to approach and resolve an inheritance dispute without a court battle.

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