If you have been left out of a will or you feel that the will is not fair, you may be wondering what your next steps are. Contesting a will can be a complicated process, but it may be worth it if you believe that the will was unfairly made.
What are some of the reasons why you may want to contest a will?
One of the most common reasons to contest a will is if you believe that the person who made the will was not of sound mind when they did so. This could be because they were suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or another mental illness. Other reasons to contest a will may include if you believe that the person who made the will was coerced into doing so or if the will was forged. Lastly, if there are any errors in the will that you think can significantly affect how the assets get distributed, you may want to contest the will.
How can you contest a will?
If you want to contest a will, you have to go through probate litigation. The first step is to file a notice of contest with the probate court. This will let the court and the executor of the will know that you plan to contest the will.
After filing the notice, you will need to provide evidence to support your claims. This could include witness testimony, medical records or financial records. Once you have provided your evidence, a judge will decide whether to uphold the will.
If you are thinking about contesting a will, it is important to understand the process and what you have to do. While it can be a complicated process, it may be worth it if you have a strong case.