Contested Wills in Attleboro, Massachusetts

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In Attleboro, Massachusetts there are certain procedures allowing certain people to challenge the validity of a will. This is known as a "will contest" or "contested will."

Sometimes, testators leave out of their wills people who might naturally expect to inherit a significant portion of the testator's estate (spouses and children, for example). This might lead them to assume, truthfully or not, that the will was some kind of mistake.

If there is a large amount of money or property at stake, a family member who was left out of the will might find it to be worth the time or money to contest it.

Like any legal matter, however, this should not be taken lightly. Will contests can foster conflict and strife within families who are already mourning a loved one. This can cause severe and irreversible damage to family relationships.

When Can a Will be Contested in Attleboro, Massachusetts?

Of course, a Attleboro, Massachusetts court will not invalidate a will without a very good reason, but there are some situations which render a will clearly invalid.

To be valid, a will must be a product of the testator's own free will. So, a will that the testator was forced or tricked into making is not valid, if the probate court finds out about the duress or trickery. Of course, wills are typically made many years before a person dies, so how can a person expect to prove duress or fraud if they suspect it? To begin with, it's not easy. It is possible, however. First of all, it's good to have as much documentation of the testator's affairs as possible. Any written statements concerning their desires on this matter will also be very useful, if there are any. Also, if the suspect gift is totally out of left field (property is left to someone that you know the testator didn't like, or barely knew, for instance), this might also support your position that the will was invalid. Of course, the testator can leave his or her money to whomever they want, so these facts, by themselves, will not be enough to prove fraud or duress.

Another thing to consider is the mental capacity of the person making the will. If, at the time the will was made, the testator was insane or severely intoxicated, the will is likely to be held invalid by a court, if the underlying facts can be proven.

There are many other facts that might make a will invalid, and thus serve as grounds to contest a will. If a will is successfully contested in Attleboro, Massachusetts, and held to be invalid, this usually results in the property being distributed as if the decedent had died intestate (without a will). This means that it will usually go to the decedent's closest living relative.

Can a Attleboro, Massachusetts Contested Will Attorney Help?

Contesting a will can be a complicated, emotional, expensive, and time-consuming process. There is really no way around this. However, a good Attleboro, Massachusetts wills and estates attorney can minimize these problems, and make the process as painless as possible.

Talk to a Wills, Trusts and Estates Law Attorney now!

Life in Attleboro

Attleboro, Massachusetts is a city of approximately 43,000 people. It is immediately north of Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

Like many towns in the New England region, Attleboro, Massachusetts has a long and storied history. It was first incorporated as a town in 1694, and like many towns in the region, was named for a town in Great Britain (in this case, Attleborough in Norfolk County, England) by its British settlers.

Attleboro was once known as the "Jewelry Capital of The World" owing to the large number of jewelry manufacturers in the area. Some firms that manufacture jewelry continue to have a presence there, but much of the actual manufacturing activity has moved elsewhere.

Attleboro boasts several historic churches, and religion is very important in the community. It is also the site of a few notable events in the early history of the United States, and it is rumored that George Washington called it home for a brief period of time.

Attleboro, Massachusetts is also graced with a community theater, and a large park with a zoo, popular among residents and visitors.

There are several respected law schools located in Massachusetts, most notably Harvard. Of course, there are many others which are also well-regarded, particularly locally. For this reason, a good Attleboro, Massachusetts lawyer should not be very difficult to come by.

If you're facing any type of legal problem, an Attleboro, Massachusetts lawyer is the person to call.

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