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Preventing a contestation of a will

A successful contestation of a will cannot simply come about because a member of the family is not happy with the will. Going through the process of the contestation of a will is not a simple one, and it also demands that there are valid grounds as to why the will is faulty or should be questioned.

What are shared marital trusts?

When married couples start to plan their estate, they may realize that it is much more practical to set up a trust that they share together rather than to set up one individually. This process is known as a shared marital trust, or a shared living trust. Trusts mean that the transfer of assets from the grantors to the beneficiaries will avoid going through probate.

How to avoid having your will contested

When planning your will, you must have in mind all of the possible scenarios that could result after your death. You cannot take it for granted that your wishes will be blindly accepted and welcomed among all family members and loved ones.

Avoiding inheritance conflict in your will

If your will is written with enough detail and processed in the proper manner, it will be difficult for members of your family to successfully contest against the intentions of your will. However, you may rightly have some concerns about family conflict taking place after your death.

Daughter faces eviction because of outdated will

Many people assume that as long as they have a will, then everything will be fine if they pass away. Unfortunately, a person's wishes may change drastically throughout the course of his or her life, and an old will may contain outdated directives — sometimes with devastating effects for the ones you love. Just such a situation arose recently because a mother neglected to update her will, posing a serious threat to her daughter and grandchildren.

Why would I challenge a will?

There are a number of valid reasons why you might choose to challenge a will, but there are steps you should always take first before making this move. Challenging a will is often a lengthy process and almost certainly holds the potential to strain personal relationships between you and other interested parties. Before you choose to challenge a will, be sure that you seek proper legal counsel to examine the nuances of your situation and identify elements of the law that may support your claims.

Creating a will reduces family conflict

It is never pleasant to dwell on your own possible death, but it is necessary if you want to protect the ones you love from potential conflicts after you pass away. Even those who are relatively young and in good health have issues to consider if they own any property and don't want their loved ones to fight over it if and when they pass away. If you want to reduce the risk of conflicts between your loved ones in the wake of your death, you absolutely need to create a will.

Why might I change my will?

It is common knowledge that everyone should have a will, but just having a will is not always enough to ensure that your wishes are known and executed when you pass away. Regular will maintenance that's reflective of important life changes is an important component of any plan for handling your affairs if you become incapacitated or after your death.

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