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How can a will be contested?

On Behalf of | Mar 5, 2018 | Probate Litigation

If you have ever had to deal with the passing of a loved one in Michigan, then you probably had to deal with a will. In many cases, the will is read, the property and assets distributed and the estate is settled fairly easy. However, there are some times when someone is not happy with a will and wants to contest it. According to Consumer Reports, anyone who is in the will, who could inherit from an estate or who was mentioned in a previous draft of the document can contest a will.

You must also have a valid reason to contest a will. If you believe the person who wrote the will was coerced or otherwise manipulated into changing the will or leaving certain assets to people, then you could object. If you are the person’s spouse and have been left out of the will, then you have grounds. If you feel the person wrote the will when he or she was not in a coherent state of mind, then you could contest it. Finally, you may be able to contest if you are the person’s child and you were left out of the will, but only in limited situations.

You cannot contest a will just because you are not happy with its contents or because you did not receive what you think you should. You also cannot contest a will where you would not be considered an interested party or someone who has a right to be in the will. This information is for education and is not legal advice.