Contested Wills in Livonia, Michigan

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In Livonia, Michigan 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 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 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.

Bringing legal action against anyone, let alone a family member, is not a decision that you should rush into. Contesting a will, especially if another family member stands to lose out if you are successful in the contest, can permanently alter or even destroy family relationships. Obviously, this is something to consider.

When Can a Will be Contested in Livonia, Michigan?

There are many reasons that a Livonia, Michigan court might hold a will to be invalid.

For example, if the will was obtained through duress (threat of some kind of harm), then it is invalid. Duress, however, is difficult to prove. If a named beneficiary was in some position of power or trust with the decedent, and is not someone who one would ordinarily expect to get a large gift in a will, that might raise substantial initial suspicion of something improper happening. Of course, those facts alone are not nearly enough to prove 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.

So, you've succeeded in contesting the validity of a Livonia, Michigan will. What happens to the property that was going to be distributed according to its terms? Usually, when a will is declared void, the decedent's assets will be treated as if he or she had died without a will. This is known as "intestacy." Typically, this simply means that the assets will be passed on to their owner's closest living relative, normally a spouse, children, siblings, or parents. If absolutely no relatives can be found, the property is passed to the state. If there is a previous will, which was revoked by the invalid will, a court might revive the old will. If the new will was found to be completely invalid (rather than just parts of it), it follows, then, that the revocation of the old will is invalid as well. Consequently, the old will can be given effect.

Can a Livonia, 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 knowledgeable lawyer in Livonia, Michigan can be very helpful in making sure that this process goes as smoothly as possible.

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Life in Livonia

Livonia is located in Wayne County, Michigan. It is home to around 96,950 people, making this area a very large suburb.

Some of this large suburb's top employers include Comerica Bank, General Motors, The Harvard Drug Group, the school district, McKesson Pharmaceuticals, Sears, Roebuck Co., Technicolor Video Services, Tower International, TRW Automotive, and Valassis. Of course, to supports these large employers, Livonia has a competent legal force comprising of intelligent, driven attorneys who act in their clients' best interest at all times. As well as these businesses, the legal force also serves as a wonderful support to local residents with their respective legal matters.

Some famous people who have called Livonia home at some point include Bernie Carbo, Chris Conner, Mike Donnelly, Judy Greer, Mike Modano, David Moss, Aaron Palushaj, Chris Tancill, and Jonathan B. Wright.

Overall, Livonia is a large suburb that provides residents and visitors with small town charm and a community-like spirit!

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