Most people after their demise want their property and possessions to be distributed in a certain manner between the people they love or care about. They may want a certain family member or loved one, relative or friend to have a certain possession or possessions. The same way, they can also will their house, their moveable and immovable assets to one or more of their family members.
What usually happens in cases where the property or possessions are very valuable is that the relatives may feel that they have been unjustly dealt with. They may feel that they are entitled to more than what has been willed to them. They could also feel that the major beneficiary or beneficiaries might have got the deceased person to will the possessions to them either through trickery or by deceit. They could also contest the fact that when the will was made, the person who made the will and bequeathed the possessions did so when he or she was not of sound mind. And therefore, the will should be considered as null and void.
There are also cases when the property or possessions are to be granted to the persons but only after a specified time period. This may not be acceptable to the person and so they will want to contest the will so as to gain possession as soon as possible rather than having to wait till a later date.
There are situations where the deceased has a number of debts or taxes which are unpaid and these needs to be paid by the relatives or beneficiaries of the will.
There are times where the taxes could come under the laws of a certain state. However, the person has either moved recently or no longer lives in the state and so this needs to be contested.
Why are will dispute lawyers needed?
In cases as mentioned above, will dispute lawyers are needed to help their clients to stake their claims with proper legal backing and taking the correct legal course of action. If the will dispute lawyers are good, they can ensure that the will is considered as invalid and so the property or possessions are then divided equally between those that have a legal claim to it.
What do these lawyers do?
- These lawyers first study the will in great detail
- They then make notes as to the various points which can be contested
- They do a lot of investigative work to ensure that they have a water tight case
- They inform their clients as to their chances of winning and the amount it could cost them should they lose the case. Even in cases of winning, they inform the client as to how much the total cost would be.
- They then present their case in the court
- They represent their clients in court and fight the case till the end.
This in short is what these lawyers do and how they help their clients. They try their level best to get justice for their clients.