When a loved one dies, it is often difficult to cope with the circumstances of the death. Most people feel a crippling sense of loss at the beginning and just want to get through the legal issues as quickly as possible. Sometimes, after the initial surge of grief begins to dissipate, it is not uncommon for the bereaved to want a closer look at the estate planning documentation the deceased left behind. This is true for those named as estate administrator and it is true for the deceased’s family members as well.
In our Pennsylvania probate and estate planning practice, we have seen many bereaved family members become concerned that their loved one’s will did not reflect his or her true wishes. We understand that during such a difficult time, no one wants to start a legal battle over a family member’s estate. However, we also know that making sure the deceased’s wishes are followed is a crucial part of the healing process.
While probate litigation is usually an unpleasant thought, it may be necessary to consider this as an option. There are many reasons you may feel compelled to contest a will. The most common of these reasons include:
— Someone unduly influenced or manipulated the deceased during the will’s creation
— Outright will fraud or forgery
— Lack of the capability or understanding to create an accurate will
— The existence of a more up-to-date will
Probate litigation is emotionally exhausting and legally complicated. However, if you have the right legal support, it’s possible to emerge from the experience with a sense of peace and closure. We invite you to explore our website for more information about estate planning and probate litigation in the Philadelphia area of Pennsylvania.