Challenging Or Defending A Will
A will contest or challenge typically occurs through a claim by a beneficiary or someone who believes he or she was wrongfully slighted or left out of a will. You may find yourself on any side of a will contest if you or someone else alleges that:
- The will was not properly signed and executed
- The decedent was coerced into changing the will
- The decedent was not competent or lucid at the time the will was most recently created or altered
- The will contains some illegal or improper provisions
Do you believe that a child, caregiver, neighbor or business partner exerted undue influence on your parent or another family member, resulting in a will that you believe is out of balance?
Or does someone allege that you exerted undue influence on your loved one during the creation or revision of a will? Does someone accuse you of talking your family member into revoking a will and replacing it with another one — to your advantage, and someone else’s disadvantage?
The Legal Representation You Need When A Will Is Challenged
Whether you will be the plaintiff or the defendant, you need qualified legal representation. At Meier Law Firm, PLLC, in Latham, we help New York residents resolve will contests cost-effectively and in a timely manner. Our clients normally have these primary interests:
- To ensure that the deceased person’s wishes and intent are honored
- To protect themselves from liability
- To protect the estate from loss due to excessive legal fees
- To facilitate the proper closing and administration of the estate
In our experience, many of will challenges arise due to a misunderstanding or mistake. Often, one of the parties involved simply feels unheard. We do everything possible to resolve our client’s conflicts through education and negotiation. While we are always prepared to file litigation, our goal in every will challenge case is for our client to get what he or she is entitled to without unnecessary costs and delays.
When we advocate for a client engaged in a will challenge, we work hard to keep that client’s objectives front and center in all that we do. If you work with an attorney at our firm, you can rest assured that your priorities will take precedence, inasmuch as possible.
Resolve A Will Contest Without Wasting Time Or Assets
Contesting a will or defending an estate when someone else is challenging a will can be emotionally difficult as well as legally obstructive. Our estate administration lawyers are here to help you through all aspects of estate-related litigation or will contest. We are most proud when we succeed at helping clients resolve these issues sensibly and without delay. Call 518-313-0249 or send an email inquiry to schedule a consultation.