Contested Wills in Owings Mills, Maryland

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In Owings Mills, Maryland there are particular procedures permitting certain people to challenge the validity of a will. This is recognized as a "will contest" or "contested will."

Occasionally, testators leave out of their wills people who might naturally expect to inherit a considerable 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 a massive amount of money is involved, someone who was left out of a will, or not given what they were expecting, might believe that contesting the will is worth the time, money, and energy that doing so would require.

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 grave and irreversible damage to family relationships.

When Can a Will be Contested in Owings Mills, Maryland?

There are many reasons that a court in Owings Mills, Maryland might invalidate a will.

For instance, a will which was not made under the testator's own volition and free will is not valid. This means that the testator must be acting voluntarily throughout the entire process of making his will. Thus, a will made under duress (force, or threat of force) will not be given effect. In order to show duress, you generally need to first prove that the person named in the will was in a position of trust and power over the decedent, and that they are an "unnatural beneficiary" (someone who you would not normally expect to receive a gift under a will, usually because they are not related to, or close friends with, the testator). These facts, taken alone, are never enough to definitively prove that duress occurred. They are, however, usually enough to suggest that something strange is going on, and warrant further investigation.

Another fact that might invalidate a will is the mental incompetence of the testator. Wills must be a product of a person's volition. A will cannot be honestly voluntary unless the testator knows what they're doing. Therefore, if the testator is mentally incompetent at the time he or she makes the will, the will cannot take effect. You should be aware, however, that this test applies at the time the will is made. So, if the testator is not mentally competent at the time of death, but was when the will was made, the will is valid.

If a Owings Mills, Maryland will is successfully challenged and thus invalidated, there has to be some system for orderly distribution of the decedent's property. Normally, if a will is held invalid, all of the property will be treated as if the decedent had never written or will. This means that it goes to the decedent's closest living relative, or, if there are not relatives who can be located, the state.

Can a Owings Mills, Maryland Contested Will Attorney Help?

Contesting a will is often hard, and never fun. However, the entire process can be made more bearable if you have the help of a reliable Owings Mills, Maryland attorney, and the process will probably be much more manageable.

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

Life in Owings Mills

Owings Mills, Maryland is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Baltimore County, Maryland. It has a population of just over 20,000 people, as of the 2000 Census. Owings Mills is a suburb of Baltimore, Maryland.

Owings Mills, Maryland is home to the headquarters of the Baltimore Ravens NFL team. In 2008, CNN named Owings Mills one of the best places to start or relocatea business, thanks to its diversity, concentration of young professionals, easy access to Baltimore, and a generous loan program for small businesses.

Owings Mills is a good place to live, raise a family, or run a business, thanks to the above-mentioned reasons, as well as its many shopping opportunities, and diverse culinary options. Needless to say, you'll have no trouble meeting your basic needs in Owings Mills. Of course, life wouldn't be much fun if all we did was meet our basic needs. Thankfully, there are numerous entertainment and cultural attractions in Owings Mils, and its proximity to Baltimore ensures that residents have easy access to the entertainment and economic opportunities that only big cities can provide.

Thanks to its diversity and healthy economy, there is a very robust legal community in Owings Mills. An Owings Mills, Maryland lawyer can help you with just about any legal issue you might be facing.

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