In an ideal world, a person would create their estate plan and once they die, everyone would be happy with it. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
Dealing with the grief of the loss of a loved one is devastating enough, but emotions are heightened when a family member wants to argue over their inheritance. Grief often leads to anger and mistrust. There could be issues with a beneficiary stealing assets, two people sharing a property, or an executor showing favoritism to one family member. A family member may think that the estate planning document is invalid. They may want to contest it to find it more favorable to them.
While they can, it is not easy to do so. To contest a will or trust, the family member must prove the following:
As you can see, these are some pretty harsh claims. Trying to prove that another family member engaged in lies and fraud is a serious matter that should not be treated lightly. Being accused of something so dishonest can lead to arguments between family members and even break up families for good as everyone takes sides.
They say blood is thicker than water, so why can’t everyone just get along? It is hard to do that after the death of a loved one. Here are some reasons why:
Nobody wants to deal with contested estates after a loved one’s death. Ideally, everyone would get what they are entitled to receive based on the deceased’s will or trust, but disagreements do arise from time to time.
Whether you are challenging the validity of a will or trust or defending against an attack from a family member, it is essential to have experienced advocates on your side. The Lincolnshire contested estates lawyers at Orlowsky & Wilson, Ltd. can help you resolve contested estates. Schedule a consultation today by calling our office at (847) 325-5559 or filling out the online form.