One of the most common types of disputes that arises following the death of a loved one is known as a will contest. A will contest typically involves someone challenging the validity of the will or the actions of the personal representative appointed in the will.
At The Lampe Law Office, LLC, our experienced litigators represent those who wish to bring will contests as well as those who are tasked with defending against such challenges. Our firm came to prominence by offering thoughtful and effective representation in complex family law matters. Our dedication to serving our clients and their families made the decision to expand into the realm of will contests and probate litigation an easy one; today, we use our well-honed trial skills to help our clients preserve their loved ones’ intentions and seek a fair resolution to disputes involving their loved ones’ estates.
Challenging The Will’s Validity
Some of the most prevalent factors that could show that a will would not be valid include:
- Undue influence: Where the will was created while a loved one was under disproportionate influence from a person in a position of power who was guiding the terms of the will.
- Lack of mental capacity: If a loved one made a will without being in full control of his or her mental faculties, the will may be invalid.
- Recent, undiscussed changes to the will: When a will is changed just before a loved one’s passing it can raise suspicion. This is especially true if the changes make the will benefit a single party, or if the changes were not discussed with anyone other than the party who will receive the bulk of the estate.
Whether you believe that these or other factors have led to the creation of an invalid will, the lawyers at The Lampe Law Office, LLC, can help.