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Can Families Avoid Feuding Over Heirlooms?

Shakespeare's King Lear showed what can go wrong when a parent plays favorites in dividing up the estate. Most of us don't have a whole country, but families nonetheless feud over who gets jewelry, the favorite bowl or some other heirloom. How can families avoid those fights? What do you need to do to be able to remain friends when the will is read? Or is it up to the parents to make an equal bequest to every child?

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