Some family friction and difficulties in dealing with an estate can go more smoothly if you understand estate planning, according to The Register-Guard in "Final farewell needs to fare well."
Without a proper estate plan, a judge will appoint someone to be your personal representative, and your assets will be distributed according to the intestacy laws of your State. In other words, you and your family will not have any choice in the matter.
However, if you have executed a Will, then you get to decide who your personal representative will be and how your property will be distributed. Being a personal representative can be difficult, so many families need to hire attorneys to help get through the probate and administration processes.
Estate/Trust administration attorneys are trained in the drafting of Wills and Trusts, and can help the whole estate administration (probate) process proceed much more smoothly. Having an attorney on your side when you are a personal representative ensures that everything is done correctly and according to the law. An experienced estate planning and administration attorney can be an invaluable resource.
Reference: The Register-Guard (March 21, 2018) "Final farewell needs to fare well."