A will is an important document. In most cases, someone probably took a lot of time to think about his or her future and the future of those he or she loves. A will is the document that records the results of those thoughts. It is what communicates someone’s last wishes regarding themselves, their assets and other issues important to each person. But what happens if you don’t think a will is valid?
There are several reasons someone might contest a will. First, if you think that the will that is being presented could be fraudulent, you’ll want to contest it. You’ll especially want to contest such a will if you have a will or copy of a will that you believe is actually the document your loved one prepared.
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It’s not always as easy as proving someone is trying to pass off a fraudulent will. What if all evidence points to the fact that your loved one did create a will – or cause a will to be created – and did sign it in keeping with legal requirements? What if such a will exists but something still seems off. You know your loved one, and some of the decisions in this will just don’t match up to what you know. In such cases, it is possible that you don’t know your loved one as well as you think, but it’s also possible that someone else has become involved in the process.
In cases where someone has caused undue influence on a person, either forcing him or her to make a will or influencing changes in a will, you might be able to contest the will in court. Our firm works with you to understand when a will can be successfully contested and how to go about doing that.