Contested Wills in West Springfield, Massachusetts

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In West Springfield, Massachusetts there are specific procedures authorizing certain people to challenge the validity of a will. This is identified as a "will contest" or "contested will."

Sometimes, testators leave out of their wills people who might naturally expect to inherit a substantial 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 considerable 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.

You should remember that a will contest frequently results in adversarial legal proceedings, which can be very contentious. Considering the likelihood that other members of your family might be on the other side, it's clear that this can really damage a person's relationship with his or her family.

When Can a Will be Contested in West Springfield, Massachusetts?

Of course, a West Springfield, Massachusetts court will not invalidate a will without a very good reason, but there are some cases 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 normally 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. Additionally, 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.

Because a testator must know what they are doing in order to write a valid will, the testator must be of sound mind at the time the will is made. Basically, if a person is unaware of what they're doing, and the consequences of their actions, they can't make a valid will. This can be due to mental illness, or intoxication. Of course, if it's a result of intoxication, the testator can simply sober up and then make a perfectly valid will.

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 West Springfield, Massachusetts, and held to be invalid, this typically 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 West Springfield, Massachusetts Contested Will Attorney Help?

Contesting a will is often challenging, and never fun. However, the whole process can be made more bearable if you have the help of a knowledgeable West Springfield, Massachusetts attorney, and the process will probably be much more manageable.

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

Life in West Springfield

West Springfield is part of Hampden County in Massachusetts. It has a population of about 28,000 people and is a popular tourist destination. The city is locally known as "The West Side", which is a reference to its location on the western side of the Connecticut River.

West Springfield is also part of the Massachusetts area known as the Springfield-Hartford "Knowledge Corridor". The Knowledge Corridor is part of a state program designed to promote cultural and economic exchange between several Massachusetts cities. The name Knowledge Corridor derives from the fact that there are over 30 colleges and universities in the sector. The area is also the focus of extensive urban renewal projects.

The city of West Springfield attracts many visitors due to its retail and commercial activities. For example, the Riverdale Road corridor is one of the major retail centers in the area. Tourists also come to the city every September for the Eastern States Exposition or "The Big E", which is the largest fair in the entire northeast region. The fair is home to the Big E Cream Puff and the Craz-E Burger. The Big E lasts for 17 days and features a number of acts, parades, and exhibits.

Lawyers in West Springfield, Massachusetts usually represent their clients at the Springfield District Court Division courthouse. Many West Springfield are members of multiple bar associations including the local Hampden County Bar Association.

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