Contested Wills in Annandale, Virginia

Find the right Contested Wills attorney in Annandale, VA

The laws of Annandale, Virginia allow certain people to challenge, or "contest" the validity of a will.

Occasionally, when a person who expected to be included in a will is left out, their natural assumption is that there was some mistake, or that the will was made through improper means, such as duress or fraud, or that the will is an outright forgery.

If the decedent was fairly well-off, their will might involve a great deal of money or property. This is one of the general reasons, besides a general sense of exclusion, that a family member might expend the great deal of time and money necessary to contest a will.

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 Annandale, Virginia?

There are several reasons that a court in Annandale, Virginia might invalidate a will.

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 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.

There are many other facts that might make a will invalid, and therefore serve as grounds to contest a will. If a will is effectively contested in Annandale, Virginia, and held to be invalid, this usually results in the property being distributed as if the decedent had died intestate (without a will). This means that it will usually go to the decedent's closest living relative.

Can a Annandale, Virginia Contested Will Attorney Help?

Contesting a will is often difficult, and never fun. However, the entire process can be made more bearable if you have the help of a qualified Annandale, Virginia attorney, and the process will probably be much more manageable.

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

Life in Annandale

Annandale is one of the larger communities in Fairfax County, Virginia, with a population of about 55,000.

Quite a few technology companies have headquarters or major offices in Annandale. In addition to high-tech companies, many large multinationals have offices in Annandale, Virginia. This creates a significant demand for skilled labor in the area.

Annandale is also known for its ethnic diversity, particularly its large Korean population. In downtown Annandale, there are over 900 Korean-owned businesses, and the success of these businesses, and the Korean community as a whole, are a testament to the endurance of the American Dream.

Given its size, diversity, and saturation with businesses, Annandale, Virginia has a large number of lawyers. Annandale, Virginia lawyers likely need to handle issues ranging from simple divorce or child custody disputes, up to complex intellectual property matters (mostly for the technology companies located there). There are plenty of individual lawyers, as well as law firms, in Annandale, Virginia who can handle whatever legal issue you might have.

Also, Annandale's relative proximity to the University of Virginia, which boasts one of the most well-regarded law schools in the country, ensures that you are in a region which holds its lawyers to extremely high standards.

Whatever your legal issue, there is probably the right Annandale, Virginia lawyer to help you.

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