A Beneficiary’s Guide To Representing Them In A Will Contest

A will is a written statement of a testator’s desires to distribute their property after death. Most individuals believe they have complete control over their inheritance and are startled to learn that legal laws exist that allow close relatives and dependents to argue the allocation of assets in a will. 

Contesting A Will Vs. Challenging A Will: What’s The Difference?

When someone challenges a will, they claim you did not properly execute it or that a more current Will has overtaken it. You may contest a will if someone doubts the deceased’s testamentary ability or if the Will has not been correctly signed and witnessed. This is distinct from challenging a choice, which occurs when the Will is lawful but one or more parties believe they are entitled to a larger share of the estate.

What Factors Should Be Considered When Contesting A Will?

The amount of the estate and whether enough provision has been made for the beneficiary or dependant are used to determine a claim to entitlement under a will. Unfortunately, appropriate supply is a subjective term that varies according to each case’s circumstances, making it difficult to define. If a beneficiary receives a little inheritance from a vast estate, the court might consider whether an appropriate provision needed a higher share.

When Can A Beneficiary File A Will Dispute?

Because of the complexities of estate law and the differences in regulations across states, it’s best to contact a lawyer who specializes in estate law in the state in question.

It’s crucial to realize that there’s no foolproof way to avoid a will being challenged because each state and territory laws provide for an eligible individual to seek a larger share of an inheritance. It is not feasible to proclaim a kid disinherited and amend a will to reflect this; a child will always have the ability to fight the estate after the testator has died, contrary to what is frequently represented on television. It’s also impossible to incorporate a lower provision for a beneficiary if they don’t fight the estate for a higher share. You should contact a professional legal team such as Staubus and Randall for more information.

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