Get help finding the Right Wills and Estate Planning Lawyer for your Will Contest case
Will contests are legal proceedings that challenge the validity of a will and try to stop it from entering probate or distribution. A will may be contested if someone believes that a person was incapacitated at the time he or she drafted the will or if the person was forced into implementing the will. Persons that may have grounds to contest a will are typically children, a spouse, family members, or others that have a share in the estate. They are often heirs of beneficiaries that received little to none out of the will and thus wish to challenge it.
If a person files an objection to a will, a will contest proceeding will take place in a court. Examples of objections may be that the decedent was incapacitated or lacked mental clarity when writing the will, the will was implemented with no witnesses present, the will was fraud, or some type of forgery was involved. It is then up to the courts to determine the validity of the will in question.
Wills and estate planning lawyers can help both contestants (those contesting the will) and proponents (those defending the will's validity) in any legal proceedings in a will contest. An estate lawyer can help with paperwork, gathering evidence, and proving that the will is invalid in a will contest.
Similarly, a wills and estate planning lawyer can help ensure that a will is valid and cannot be contested. It is important to have an attorney help draft a will so that it is clear and accurate, and thus cannot be challenged in the future. If someone else is contesting the will, a will contest lawyer can help defend your rights and ensure you get the assets owed to you.
Lawyers are the right people to speak with if you suspect someone may challenge your will or if you believe a will is invalid and should be contested in court. Attorney Search Network can match you with an estate lawyer that will fulfill your specific needs in regards to a will contest. We will refer you to a pre-qualified wills and estate planning attorney with experience in will contest cases.
If you have any questions about the information provided above, please contact us. Call Attorney Search Network toll free at (800) 215-1190 or fill out out online form for your Will Contest lawyer referral.