In fiction, the death of a loved one is often romanticized to a certain degree. Upon the death of a wealthy character, grieving -- or gleeful -- family members often await the reading of the will, and many are surprised about the division of the assets. However, this is rarely, if ever, the case in Texas. In most cases, copies of the will have been handed out to those it affects. While the idea of surprising a few people may be appealing in the movies, there are actually many conversations that could help smooth the process of estate planning.
While most people think of estate planning only as deciding who will receive what assets, there is actually much more to it than that. For example, there may be a family business at stake. By having conversation with family members, a business owner can determine who is interested in running the business, for example. Additionally, such conversations give people an opportunity to explain some of the decisions they have made.