Contested Wills in Middletown, New Jersey

Find the right Contested Wills attorney in Middletown, NJ

It is feasible, in Middletown, 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.

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

When Can a Will be Contested in Middletown, New Jersey?

There are numerous reasons that a Middletown, New Jersey 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 normally 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. Additionally, 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 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 heavily intoxicated, the will is likely to be held invalid by a court, if the underlying facts can be shown.

If a Middletown, 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 Middletown, New Jersey 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 reliable lawyer in Middletown, New Jersey can be very helpful in making sure that this process goes as smoothly as possible.

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Life in Middletown

Middletown, a.k.a. Middle Township, is in Monmouth County, New Jersey. It was originally formed on October 31, 1693 and became a township via an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798.

Interestingly, in 2006, 2008, and 2010 Middletown was voted in the Top 100 list for the Best Places to Live by CNN Money Magazine.

Middletown is also home to many practicing attorneys who are able to provide local businesses and residents with the appropriate legal guidance.

Past and present famous residents include Pete Capella, Knowshon Moreno, Christian Peter, Jason Peter, Maury Povich, Geraldo Rivera, E.W. Swackhamer, Kevin Smith, Bob Tucker, Billy Van Zandt, Max Weinberg, Bill Weber, Tom Wilkens, and Brian Williams.

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