Contested Wills in Aberdeen, Maryland

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

Occasionally, 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 instance). 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.

You should remember that a will contest often results in adversarial legal proceedings, which can be very combative. 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 Aberdeen, Maryland?

A court in Aberdeen, Maryland will not entertain a will contest unless there is a very good reason to do so. But, there are some allegations which, if shown, clearly invalidate a will.

For instance, a will obtained through duress (a threat of harm, usually physical) is invalid. Of course, duress is very difficult to prove after the fact, and the issue may not even come up until many years after it allegedly occurred, making proof even more difficult. Nonetheless, if the named beneficiary was in some type of position of power or trust with respect to the decedent, and is not someone who one would normally expect to get a large gift in a will (they're unrelated to the testator, for example), those facts alone might be enough to raise the suspicion of impropriety. Of course, those facts by themselves are not enough to prove duress.

A will can also be denied because the decedent was not mentally competent to draft it at the it was made. A court will look at the person's mental capacity at the time the will was made, so even if the testator is now perfectly sane, if he or she was incapacitated for whatever reason (by way of intoxication, for instance) at the time the will was made, the will can still be invalidated.

There are many other facts that might make a will invalid, and therefore serve as grounds to contest a will. If a will is effectively contested in Aberdeen, Maryland, 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 Aberdeen, Maryland Contested Will Attorney Help?

Contesting a will can be a difficult, emotional, expensive, and time-consuming process. There is really no way around this. However, a reputable Aberdeen, Maryland 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 Aberdeen

Aberdeen is a city located in Hartford County, Maryland. It has a population of around 14,000 people.

Aberdeen, Maryland is named after Aberdeen, Scotland.

Aberdeen, Maryland is home to the Aberdeen Proving Ground, which, starting in World War I, was used to by the army as a bomb-testing range. However, its use for that purpose is decreasing. A large portion of the former proving ground is being leased to commercial developers, which is expected to provide a major economic boon for the region.

The Aberdeen Proving Ground is still an active military base, despite the fact that some of it is being leased. An active military base, especially in a smaller community, is going to influence the culture of that community. Because service members from all over the country tend to be stationed on military bases, they bring their own unique character to the area where the base is located.

In addition to the obvious economic benefits that a large, constant consumer base creates, the diversity that such a facility brings in tends to have intangible benefits, as well.

The attorneys of Aberdeen, Maryland are experienced in working with a wide variety of clients, on a large number of different issues.

Whatever legal issue, you might have to deal with, it's probable that an Aberdeen, Maryland lawyer will be able to help.

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