When you think about someone you love dying, the last thing you imagine is having to fight over his or her will. Despite that, many families do end up struggling as a result of changes to wills they never saw coming.
When you write a will or create a trust, you need to understand that people still have a right to contest your documents. Fortunately, only those who have legal standing may do so. That includes people such as disadvantaged or disinherited heirs or beneficiaries. Without standing, a person can't file a lawsuit, helping prevent frivolous and expensive court dates.
When you write your will, you expect it to be carried out the way you planned. Unfortunately, that doesn't always happen. If your will has errors or was changed very close to your death, people may choose to contest it.
A will is a person's last chance to tell you what he or she wants to do with his or her assets and estate. Normally, it's extremely hard to challenge a will, because attorneys take the time to have witnesses present and to guarantee a person's ability to sign a legal document before allowing one to be completed.
There are times when you may wish to contest a will. For instance, if you believe your siblings had undue influence on your mom or dad before his or her death, you may wish to contest the changes that were made to the will before your mother or father's passing.
When your loved one passed away, you began to gather all the documents you knew you needed from his home. There, you found the documents in a new location; it wasn't where you'd left them when you were appointed to take care of the estate by your family member. You were surprised when you found that many of the documents were missing or not written the way you remembered.
When you plan your estate and create a will, it's vital that you do so in accordance with the law. If you don't follow the law when you create your will, it may not be held up in court, which could result in someone contesting your will.
When you're growing older, it's a good idea to make sure you update your will. You may think you have time to put it off, but you never should wait. If you wait, you may pass away or be caught off guard by an illness that makes it impossible for you to finalize your will.