When you lose someone you love, you will almost certainly experience a range of painful emotions. When it is time to reveal the contents of the deceased’s last will and testament, these emotions can return, making you feel the pain of your loss all over again.
While painful emotions are normal after a person’s death, they can cloud your thinking at a time when you need a clear mind. Learning that your loved one’s will did not turn out the way you expected can complicate the way you feel.
In many cases, a last will and testament is sound, regardless of its contents. Other times, however, your concerns may be valid. For example, you might suspect that someone influenced or coerced your family member into making unusual changes to his or her will.
When this is the case, you may wonder if there is anything you can do to ensure your family member’s wishes are carried out as he or she intended. Often, probate litigation in a New Jersey court might be the best way to uncover the truth.
Not just anyone can challenge or contest a person’s will. Those who can act on a possibly erroneous will include:
- Heirs: Members of the deceased’s family may have grounds to contest a will if they feel that they were overlooked or omitted or if they feel that the deceased’s true intentions were not fulfilled.
- Beneficiaries: Non-family members named in the will can also mount a challenge, often through probate litigation.
- Minors: Those who were minors at the time of the person’s death may also challenge a will. However, they must wait until they are adults.
We know that these matters are extremely painful to survivors. As such, we suggest that you seek a legal opinion before you act on your emotions. You can learn more about these and other probate matters by continuing to explore our firm’s website.