Contested Wills in Jackson, New Jersey

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It is feasible, in Jackson, New Jersey, to go to court and claim that a will is invalid, in some cases. This is called a Will Contest.

Occasionally, testators leave out of their wills people who might naturally expect to inherit a substantial 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 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.

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 Jackson, New Jersey?

Courts in Jackson, New Jersey will not let a person contest a will unless they have an excellent reason. There are, nonetheless, some allegations which will always invalidate a will, if they are proven.

One big reason to invalidate a will is the fact that the will was made under duress. "Duress" simply means forcing somebody to do something they don't want to, using some kind of threat. Typically, the threat involves some type of physical harm. The most obvious example would involve putting a gun to somebody's head and telling them to write a will containing the terms desired by the gunman. Such a will, assuming the underlying facts can be proven in court, will never be valid. Of course, the validity of a will rarely becomes an issue until the testator has died, which may be years after the will was drafted. This means that proving the circumstances under which the will was made can often be very difficult. However, there are certain facts, such as the devise being to an "unnatural" beneficiary (somebody the testator didn't know very well, for instance), and the beneficiary being in a position of power over the decedent, are enough to at least create a suspicion that something is wrong.

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 Jackson, New Jersey will is successfully challenged and thus invalidated, there has to be some system for orderly distribution of the decedent's property. Typically, 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 Jackson, New Jersey Contested Will Attorney Help?

Contesting a will is never particularly easy or enjoyable. However, a reliable Jackson, New Jersey 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 Jackson

Jackson, also known as Jackson Township, is located in New Jersey's Ocean County. Per the 2010 census, Jackson is home to 54,856 people.

Some popular sites include Six Flags Great Adventure, Kingda Ka, Six Flags Hurrican Harbor, Six Flags Wild Safari, and the Jackson Premium Outlets. As one can tell, Jackson is a great place for families to visit.

Some famous residents include Luke Kolbe Mannikus, Parker Bohn III, Melvin Cottrell, Scotty Cranmer, Rich Gaspari, Rob Johnson, Kris Lewis, Vini Lopez, Gina Lynn, Steve Niles, and Zakk Wylde.

Jackson is also home to many law offices and law firms that train excellent attorneys to handle any and every legal inquiry.

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