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Contesting a Will: Your Rights as an Heir is a free PDF guide written by experienced probate litigators. Our goal is to help family members, heirs and beneficiaries understand if they could have a case or not.
Contesting a Will: Your Rights as an Heir is an essential guide for anyone that feels that they have been wrongfully written out of a loved one's will.
If this has happened to you, you have every reason to be shocked and upset. You may even feel cheated.
It's quite possible the will in question doesn't accurately reflect the true wishes and desires of your recently-deceased loved one.
If you don't take action NOW, the true wishes and desires of your loved one might never be carried out. And you could lose access to assets that are rightfully yours. Forever.
By reading this 8-page guide, you will learn:
The role the Probate Court plays in will contest cases: If you are considering contesting a will, you will need to familiarize yourself with the Probate Court. Every county has it's own Probate Court, and you'll need to work with the one that your loved one lived and died in.
The two ways to prove a will does not reflect what your loved one actually wanted: We will explain to you what "lack of testamentary capacity" and "undue influence" are. You can use both these arguments to prove that a will is invalid.
What happens if you 'win': It is important to know what will happen if you win your case. Sometimes, its in your best interest not to challenge the will in the first place.
All this information is available to you in an easy to read fashion. No law degree needed.
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Meet Attorney Braden Blumenstiel.
Braden has dual degrees in clinical psychology and law, which helps not only in persuading juries, but also in understanding and addressing the psychological and emotional impact the process of litigation can have on clients. To quote Braden, "you simply can’t represent clients in matters such as these without being there for them emotionally. Or rather, you shouldn’t."
When you sue someone, many aspects of your life can end up broken. We meet people when they are experiencing a great amount of stress, and they desperately need someone to help them. Sometimes, the help we provide is purely financial. We work to get our clients as much compensation as possible. Other times, the help comes in the form of listening and providing understanding. Although not common, there have even been times in Braden's career in which he helped mend relationships among family members who were involved in a very serious and difficult legal dispute with one another. Here is that story.
Braden's client had sued her three sisters in a will contest action, claiming the sisters had wrongfully pressured their father into disinheriting his client. After more than two years of contentious litigation, during which the three sisters refused to talk to my client, they were finally able to resolve the dispute. At the end of it all, the four sisters went into a room together to talk privately away from the attorneys. After a rather lengthy period of time, that came out of the room together. It was clear they had been crying. It's not certain what went on in that room but when they emerged, the animosity and anger that had existed for years had gone away and was replaced by a desire among all four of the sisters to heal and come together again as a family. They even made plans to get together for dinner.
Probate litigation can tear families apart, but an attorney who handles the case professionally and respectfully can help facilitate healing. We try to decrease the stress and anxiety that accompanies litigation as much as possible. We work to explain the litigation process to clients and eliminate surprises when we can. We strive to make ourselves available whenever our clients need us.