Can I Contest a Will?
Are you questioning the validity of a loved one’s Will? Maybe you’re not sure if it’s the real deal or if something’s fishy. The first thing you need to figure out is if you have the right to contest the Will. This depends on how the Will affects your interest in the estate. For example, if your brother’s Will leaves everything to his wife and children, you probably won’t be able to contest it as a sibling. But, if a previous Will left you ten percent of your brother’s estate and a newer Will leaves you with nothing, then you would have standing to contest the validity of a subsequent Will that leaves you nothing. Keep in mind that just because you have standing to contest a Will, that doesn’t mean contesting the Will is prudent. Before you take any legal action, consult with a trusts and estates attorney to evaluate the strength of your case and the potential benefits and drawbacks of contesting the Will.