With the Collaborative Practice model, all affected family members are informed about estate planning ahead of time. This gives the family the opportunity to resolve any differences or hurt feelings while a party is living, instead of creating dissention and resentments after death. This improves the quality of relationships and quality of life. It reduces the likelihood of litigation to resolve unexpected conflicts. Frequently, probate and trust battles are fought in court over what mom or dad “really” intended to do with their estate. When an estate plan is discussed in an open, respectful forum where one can directly express intent, it will be difficult for any family members to claim a different intention.