Having civil cases move into litigation is not uncommon. According to United States Courts, there was a 39% increase in civil filings in 2021.
Managing stress when a dispute in estate planning moves into litigation can be challenging for all parties involved. Keeping a calm and clear head will help you make the right decisions and not get overwhelmed.
Understand the legal process
Understanding the nature of the conflict, your rights and responsibilities and your options for resolution can help you feel more in control of the situation. It is also important to communicate openly and honestly with all parties involved, including family members.
Take care of yourself
Another way to manage stress is to take care of yourself physically and emotionally. This can include getting enough sleep, eating well and engaging in regular physical activity. It may also be helpful to seek support from friends, family members or a counselor or therapist.
Set realistic expectations
Set realistic expectations for the outcome of the litigation. Estate litigation can be complex and may not result in a satisfactory resolution for all parties involved. Approach the process with an open mind and a willingness to compromise.
Keep an open mind
Not all disputes that go into litigation end up with a judgment. Some cases conclude with mediation, settle before trial or resolve through other forms of alternative dispute resolution. These methods can often provide a faster and less expensive alternative.
If you can reduce stress and maintain a positive outlook during this challenging time, you can have a much easier go at this sometimes lengthy and tedious process. This will allow you to work with courts and other parties in the lawsuit as you seek a favorable outcome.