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Will Contests

Will Contests


The time period between the death of a loved one and the settling of their estate can be one of the most trying times in a person’s life.  Although many people have already settled their affairs with a good estate planning lawyer, situations can still arise that can become volatile without experienced and professional supervision.  Often, these situations can cause family members and heirs to challenge the validity of the deceased’s will.  Someone may become suspicious over recent alterings of the will.  Various heirlooms and/ or assets may have gone missing just before or soon after the death.  Perhaps you and your family have found yourselves fighting off ridiculous claims against your parent’s, or other loved one’s estate.  In such cases, you will need the best will contests attorney.


Reasons a Will May Be Contested


There are many reasons that a will might be contested.  While most of these can be avoided by having carefully drawn out estate planning, this is unfortunately not always the case.  Here are a few reasons a will might be challenged.


  • Outside influences or lack of capacity – One could contest the will claiming that the deceased was unable to make decisions for themselves and/or was influenced by someone to change the will in their favor.  This can sometimes be avoided by having an estate planning lawyer draw up a living will before you are too ill to make decisions.
  • Accusations of forgery – In some cases, one may contest a will because they feel that it has bee forged.  If you suspect that your loved one’s wishes have been rewritten and forged to suit another party, Will Contest Attorney Neil Berman can help you ensure that your loved one’s wishes are carried out. This is also true of cases of misrepresentation or fraud.
  • A second will – If a second will is found, heirs may step up to contest the first one.  In such cases, a good will contest attorney will be needed to help navigate the family through the court proceedings.
  • Not executed in a timely fashion – If the will is not executed within a proper time frame, heirs may choose to contest it.  Attorney Neil Berman can help to ensure that your loved one’s wishes are carried out as quickly and efficiently as possible.


If you are facing a will contest in Massachusetts, whether you yourself have contested a will, or the will of your loved one is being contested by others, Attorney Neil Berman can help you to sort out the proceedings and move forward.  Those looking for Cambridge will contest lawyer, or a Somerville will contest attorney should give Neil Berman a call.  He can help you to settle any disputes so that you can grieve the loss of your loved one without the stress of handling a will contest.


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