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Know the reasons to challenge a will before taking action

Going over the estate plan for a loved one is sometimes a challenging event. This is especially true when the plan is completely different from what you think it should be or from what you discussed with the person before they passed away. We understand that the shock of learning this might be more than what you can handle while you are already dealing with the death.

There are times when you might be able to take action to challenge the will. This is only done in specific cases, so you should make sure that your case meets the requirements before you do anything. Typically, you will have to be someone who has an interest in the outcome of the will. This means that you are either someone who is named in the current will, was named in a previous will or would have a claim to the assets if the person died without a will.

On top of needing to be someone who can legally challenge a will, you have to have a valid reason. These include that the decedent was unduly influenced to change the will, didn't meet the legal standard for being able to create a legal document or similar reasons.

We want you to think carefully about challenging a will because it can have a big impact on your relationship with family members who might be against you contesting the will. The fact is that these matters can tear families apart. If you are going to contest the will, we can help you get your case together and represent you as the case moves through the court process.

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