With an aging population, many children find themselves working, assisting their children financially and also looking after a parent in their senior years. These children do this willingly but often, it means that they have to reduce their work hours or even quit a job. Most times, the responsibility of looking after mom or dad is not shared equally, one child contributes much more in time and money. Sometimes, that child is promised a greater share of the parent's estate in return for taking on these responsibilities.
Unfortunately, when the parent dies and the will is read, the child finds that she and her siblings are equal beneficiaries of the estate.