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03/16/2012 09:40 am ET

Feuds Over Estate Planning More Likely In A Nation Of Blended Families

The couple in their 50s pulled up to the estate lawyer's office in a snazzy sports car. She was dripping in jewelry and carrying a designer bag. He wore an expensive watch. They lived in a swanky part of town.

The veneer of wealth vanished when they laid out their finances. Home equity? Wiped out by their borrowing. Business? Gone bust. Credit cards? A dozen maxed-out and using another to pay minimum balances.

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