This can occur in many different forms but the most common way actually occurs when the person who owns the assets that they desire to leave is not clear and unambiguous with showing their intent in the Will.
For example, lets say that you have a very rich uncle that has a prized precious stone collection.
Your uncle has always desired to leave you the stones but upon his death he left a very vague note that states that he wanted the stones collection to go to the person that most deserves it.
Well, this is quite unclear and ambiguous and as a result there will be many different individuals that will fight because they believe that they are entitled to the collection.
What this in fact does is that the Last Will and Testament then is sent to a specialized group of courts that are known as probate courts.
They are given the authority and power to adjudicate over disputes that are related to inheritance and in particular issues related to a Will.
If the estate reaches this point of the process then the beneficiaries that believe they are entitled to the assets will have to incur a great deal of legal expense and cost.
To ensure a much smoother process typically the best method to follow is to have an attorney prepare the actual legal document.
But, the information that you provide to the attorney is in particular important because based on that information can they be completely clearly in drafting the Will for future use by the courts.
Thus, all of the headaches and issues that come up in probate court can be so easily avoided by some simple things that can be done early on in the process.