Contested Wills in Derry, New Hampshire

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It is allowed, in Derry, New Hampshire, to go to court and claim that a will is invalid, in some cases. This is called a Will Contest.

A will is usually contested when a family member who expected to inherit a large amount of money or property are disappointed with the contents of the will, especially if the testator's motives are not clear. They will typically assume that the will must be a forgery, or a result of fraud or force.

If a large amount of money or property is being given away, the person left out of the will could reasonably conclude that the cost and time of a court challenge is worth 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 Derry, New Hampshire?

There are several reasons that a Derry, New Hampshire court might hold a will to be invalid.

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.

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 valid will, the person making it must have enough of his or her mental faculties to understand what they're doing, and the consequences of it.

So, you've succeeded in contesting the validity of a Derry, New Hampshire will. What happens to the property that was going to be distributed according to its terms? Generally, 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." Usually, this simply means that the assets will be passed on to their owner's closest living relative, typically 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. Therefore, the old will can be given effect.

Can a Derry, New Hampshire Contested Will Attorney Help?

Contesting a will is never particularly easy or enjoyable. However, a good Derry, New Hampshire 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 Derry

Named after a city in Ireland, Derry, New Hampshire is located an hour Boston and an hour from the Great White Mountains of New Hampshire. With a location like that, it is no wonder people enjoy living and visiting Derry. Derry's Irish meaning is "oak woods." The town of Derry is located in Rockingham County and home to close to 35,000 residents.

Derry happens to be the fourth most populous community in the state of New Hampshire. Derry is home to wonderful museums and an opera house that make it an enjoyable place to live and visit. Derry also has a nationally recognized public and private school education system, a factor many parents in Derry enjoy.

With such a close proximity to Boston, home to Harvard Law School and Boston Law School (to name a few) it is no wonder that there are so many talented lawyers in Derry. Derry Lawyers specialize in a range of legal practices and are able to serve their local clients with a high level of competence. Lawyers in Derry can help their clients with any legal issue they may find themselves dealing with. Derry lawyers are just another positive aspect of this charming city.

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