Contested Wills in Southfield, Michigan

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In Southfield, 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."

Occasionally, testators leave out of their wills people who might normally expect to inherit a large portion of the testator's estate (spouses, for example). 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.

As with the initiation of any other legal proceeding, contesting a will is a big decision. It can be time-consuming and costlye. It also has the possibility to damage family relationships and foster strife among individuals who are already mourning the loss of a loved one.

When Can a Will be Contested in Southfield, Michigan?

Of course, a Southfield, Michigan court will not invalidate a will without a very good reason, but there are some situations which render a will clearly invalid.

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 reason why a will might be invalid is the maker of the will being mentally incompetent at the time the will was made. In order to make a legitimate will, the individual making it must have enough of his or her mental faculties to understand what they're doing, and the consequences of it.

If a Southfield, Michigan will is successfully challenged and thus invalidated, there has to be some system for orderly distribution of the decedent's property. Usually, 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 Southfield, Michigan Contested Will Attorney Help?

Contesting a will is never particularly easy or enjoyable. However, a reputable Southfield, Michigan attorney can help take some of the burden off of you, and handle some of the most difficult aspects of this process.

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

Life in Southfield

Southfield is a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. It is known area because of its five golden skyscrapers, nicknamed the "Golden Triangle." These skyscrapers form Southfield Town Center, a 2,200,000 square foot complex with the Westin Hotel and conference center.

Due to a relatively new thirty-three story luxury residential high-rise complex, located near Southfield Town Center, Southfield saw an influx of many new residents. It is home to approximately 71,739 people per the 2010 census.

Southfield is also home to employers such as Denso, Peterson Spring, Federal-Mogul, Lear, R.L. Polk Co., and Stefanini TechTeam Global.

The legal force is also present in Southfield via the attorneys who live and practice within the area. These attorneys are competent to handle the legal needs of residents and local businesses.

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