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Contesting a will requires specific criteria be met

When your loved one passes away, you might be ready to get the will read so that you can get everything finalized. In some cases, the will might not contain the information that people think it will contain. This realization could lead to someone contesting the will.

When a will is contested, someone is saying that there is something fishy about the will, but he or she can't just contest the will based on a feeling. Instead, there are some very specific reasons why the will can be contested.

One of the possibilities is if the person thinks that the decedent made the will under duress. The will must contain what the person who created it wants. If other people influenced the person to write the will in a specific manner, such as to include the influencer in the will, this might be a good reason to contest the will.

Another possibility is if the person didn't create the will in accordance with applicable laws. State laws dictate how the will must be written and signed. For example, a will in New Jersey needs two witnesses to sign it.

A will might be contested if the testator, or person who created the will, wasn't of sound mind when it was created. This means that a will created by a person who is suffering from end-stage Alzheimer's disease likely is going to be called into question because the person's mind just isn't right.

Whether you are on the side who supports the contest or the side who thinks this is pointless, you need to look into the points of the case to figure out what might happen. This could help you to plan for what's to come.

Source: The Balance, "What Are the Grounds for Contesting a Will?," Julie Garber, accessed Sep. 06, 2017

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