When thinking about your estate planning needs, one of the most common documents you can create is a will. A will provide basic functions, including naming beneficiaries and listing your assets. Though it may seem like an ironclad document, this isn't always the case. There are instances where an individual, likely a family member or friend May disagree with the will or find that there are issues. Let's take a look at some of the reasons you may contest a will and a valid reason to seek an attorney.
You Were Missing
Did a parent or a loved one leave you of their will? Did this come as a surprise? Often when we discover that a will isn't in our favor, it can bring about questions as to its validity. This is especially true if you are close to the person that died and is expected to be included in the will. Seeking the help of a knowledgeable attorney can help you get some insight as to whether or not you have a claim against the estate.
Recent Changes Before Death
Did your loved one elect a new representative before death? Was it under strange timing? The Alberta government page had this to say on what a personal representative is, “The term 'personal representative' is used to describe either an executor or an administrator of the estate of a deceased individual. Generally, a personal representative of a deceased estate is responsible for the administration of the estate, which includes all duties from locating assets, paying debts and funeral costs, to distributing estate property to beneficiaries.”
Estate litigation happens more often than you might think. Sometimes the cases are simple, and others are complex. If you believe something is out of place or a will was created under false pretenses, it would be in your best interest to hire an attorney for estate litigation. Let’s say your loved one has recently changed their will. This may not be out of the ordinary, except for the fact that they included someone that you have never heard of before. Oftentimes, elderly patients can fall victim to individuals at the end of their life. Caregivers can weasel their way into wills and property. When you suspect something like this has occurred, it's important to take action quickly. If you can get legal representation while your loved one is still alive, you may be able to better resolve the situation.