The most basic, and arguably most important, estate planning tool; a will can be used to accomplish several estate planning objectives including:
For some people, a will may be the only estate planning tool they need. However, like any estate planning matter, it’s important to consult with an attorney when formulating and formalizing a will. In cases where there are questions about how, by whom or under what conditions a will was drafted; surviving relatives may choose to contest a will.
It’s important to note that a family member cannot choose to contest a will simply because he or she doesn’t like or agree with its contents. In fact, a will may be contested by a family member only in cases where certain conditions apply including:
As with all estate planning documents, it’s important to consult with and obtain the assistance of an attorney when drafting or amending a will. If you have questions or concerns related to the validity of a loved one’s will or concerning other estate planning matters, an attorney can answer questions, provide guidance and represent your and a loved one’s best interests.