St. Louis, Missouri Will Contest Attorney
The larger the estate, the greater the temptation to challenge a will. Perhaps there are suspicious circumstances. Perhaps one party is claiming some minor inconsistency invalidates all provisions.
All states, including Missouri, set out requirements for a will to be valid. Among other things, Missouri requires the testator be of sound mind, and have two witnesses' signatures.
Grounds for challenging a will include:
- Undue influence, especially by an heir
- Existence of more than one will
- Evidence a will is fraudulent
- Witness not of sound mind
Who Can Challenge a Will?
In order to contest a will, you must be an "interested person," with a claim against the estate. You must either be named in the will, but granted less than you feel you deserve; or not be named in the will and feel you should have been. A trust may also be contested, on the same grounds, by one having standing.
Contact a will contest attorney online today or by phone at 800-721-2858 , to schedule your initial consultation. We keep our meeting schedules flexible for your convenience.
Beware in contesting a will. A will or trust may contain a "no-contest" clause. This doesn't stop you from alleging, e.g. that the testator was not of sound mind. It does mean that if your challenge is found to be invalid, you will receive less than you otherwise would have, as punishment.
Hollywood has made much of unseemly family fights over wealthy estates. Our approach will be assertive but dignified. If your loved one cared enough to draft a will or estate plan, you should see that those wishes are carried out. Anderson & Gilbert L.C. is a smaller firm with extensive experience in civil litigation and estate planning. We will get to know your goals and preferences and focus on success for you. Call a lawyer today toll-free at 800-721-2858 or e-mail the firm to discuss your situation and your options.