When a loved one dies, the people who are left behind have a lot of things that they need to do. One of these is to handle the estate of the deceased, which includes reading the will. There is always a chance that someone will get upset by the contents of the will, which could lead them to contest it.
A will contest is something that can draw out the process of handling the estate. This will end up costing more money and taking up more of your time. It is also something that can tear families apart when they should be coming closer together.
We understand that probate litigation matters are very personal. You want to make sure that you are going to comply with your loved one's wishes, but you also don't want to leave anyone out if that isn't what your loved one actually intended. This is a precarious position for everyone involved.
It is imperative that you think carefully about your plan for handling the will contest. You already know that there is going to be a battle forthcoming; however, your goal might be to see if you can handle the matter before the situation drags on too long.
One of the first things that you should do is to determine if the person actually has a valid claim. He or she must meet specific requirements — and the situation must meet certain criteria — in order for a will challenge to be considered valid in court. We can help you to make this determination and to come up with an effective plan for dealing with it.