Create an Estate Plan So Your Kids Don’t Inherit a Headache

In his lifetime, Kerney Overman Jr. built a thriving construction company, a close-knit family and a charming beach cottage one block off the Atlantic Ocean in North Carolina. But at around age 70, his mind started to slip. Since his wife had already died, he turned to his eldest child, the one he called “Old Faithful,” to help plan for the future.

“If it had to be done, I would do it,” says his daughter, Karen Garrison of Burlington, N.C., who, with an attorney, helped her dad set up a trust to hold the beach cottage and…

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