Dan Chilton's elderly mother thought she would minimize future dissent among her nine heirs when she updated her will in the early 2000s. Instead, the family unit has imploded since her passing in 2011.
There were two main culprits. First, the ambiguity of the will language pitted the executors' unassailable discretion against the rest of the heirs. And second, the will contained an "in terrorem" clause that threatened to disinherit any heir who tried to contest the will.