Contested Wills in Mukilteo, Washington

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

Sometimes, 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 a lot of money, or some particularly valuable property, is at stake, the person who was left out might want to go to court and allege that the will was invalid. When left out of a will, a family member might naturally assume that some kind of mistake has been made, whether this is actually true or not.

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 Mukilteo, Washington?

There are several reasons that a Mukilteo, Washington court might hold a will to be invalid.

For example, if the will was obtained through duress (threat of some kind of harm), then it is invalid. Duress, however, is difficult to prove. If a named beneficiary was in some position of power or trust with the decedent, and is not someone who one would ordinarily expect to get a large gift in a will, that might raise significant initial suspicion of something improper happening. Of course, those facts alone are not nearly enough to prove duress.

A will can also be rejected because the decedent was not mentally competent to draft it at the it was made. A court will look at the person's mental capacity at the time the will was made, so even if the testator is now perfectly sane, if he or she was incapacitated for whatever reason (by way of intoxication, for example) at the time the will was made, the will can still be invalidated.

If the contest is successful, a court in Mukilteo, Washington might find the will or part of it invalid. Of course, that leaves the question of how to distribute the property in the absence of a valid will. All states have laws that address this situation, usually passing the property to the decedent's closest living kin. All states have laws governing the order in which property is passed on in this manner. Typically, it goes to the spouse first. If there is no living spouse, it goes to the children. If there are no children, it goes to the decedent's parents, and so on. Most laws on this subject are written in such a way that almost everyone will have at least one relative entitled to inherit, even if that person is very distantly related to the decedent. In the very rare case where no living relatives exist, or none can be found, the decedent's assets usually go to the state.

Can a Mukilteo, Washington Contested Will Attorney Help?

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

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Life in Mukilteo

Mukilteo WA is located on the shore of the Pudget Sound in Washington and is considererd one of the more affluent suburbs of Seattle. With a population just under 20,000 Mukilteo has small town charm. It is no wonder the Mukiteo was named one of the top 100 small towns of America to live in by Money Magazine. Mukilteo's strategic location is also the site of Washington State Ferries terminal, which serves as the link to several islands, including Clinton and Whidbey Island. Originally a trading village and popular point of entry for ships, Mukilteo's unique name means "good camping ground." Another noteworthy aspect of Mukilteo is the city's education. Kamiak High School, located in the heart of Mukilteo is considered one of the most expensive schools ever built in the U.S. In addition to having stellar public school and private school education, Mukilteo is also home to some fabulous lawyers, ranging in many specialties and trained to help their clients with any legal issue he or she may find themselves dealing with. Mukilteo lawyers are just one more aspect that makes this charming Washington city a great place to live and work.

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