Contested Wills in Lansing, Michigan

Find the right Contested Wills attorney in Lansing, MI

In Lansing, Michigan 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 normally expect to inherit a large portion of the testator's estate (spouses, for instance). This might lead them to assume, correctly or not, that the will was a 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 Lansing, Michigan?

Courts in Lansing, Michigan will not let a person contest a will unless they have an excellent reason. There are, however, some allegations which will always invalidate a will, if they are proven.

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.

A will can also be rejected 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 example) 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 thus serve as grounds to contest a will. If a will is successfully contested in Lansing, Michigan, 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 Lansing, Michigan Contested Will Attorney Help?

Because this can involve complicated legal issues, and be very emotionally draining, this is not something you want to go at alone. A good lawyer in Lansing, Michigan can be very helpful in making sure that this process goes as smoothly as possible.

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

Life in Lansing

Lansing, Michigan is the capital of the state of Michigan. It currently has a population of approximately 115,000 people, making it the 5th largest city in Michigan. It is located in Ingham and Eaton Counties.

Lansing, Michigan is home to the largest law school in the U.S. - Thomas M. Cooley School of Law. Many Lansing, Michigan attorneys went to this university, and returned to Lansing to practice. It is also home to the Michigan State University School of Law, which is ranked among the top 100 law schools in America, meaning that there are many prestigious lawyers practicing in Lansing, Michigan.

These universities are also among the largest employers in Lansing, Michigan, employing people in a wide range of professions, such as teaches and administrators, as well as custodial personnel.

If you live in Lansing, Michigan and need an attorney, there's an excellent chance that you'll be able to find the Lansing, Michigan lawyer who can help you with your legal issue.

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