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Contesting a Will in New Jersey | What You Need to Know

People create wills to establish how they wish for their assets to be transferred and distributed upon their passed. However, in certain cases, beneficiaries or others may believe that their loved one’s will is invalid. In this case, they may wish to contest the will. Please continue reading and speak with our experienced New Jersey estate administration attorney to learn more about contesting a will in New Jersey and how our firm can help you.

Why Do People Create Wills?

Wills are the cornerstone of all well-rounded estate plans, as in a will, you can clearly detail how you desire certain assets to be distributed upon your passing. Though you can legally draft your will on your own, this is seldom a good idea, as oftentimes, this can cause a will to become invalid in some way. This is why you should always appoint an experienced estate planning attorney to help you create a functioning, legally-valid will. That being said, decedents can name various other parties in their wills, such as executors. When a decedent passes away, their executor is in charge of administering their estate. However, oftentimes, when someone feels as though either the executor is acting out of line, or that the will itself was invalid, the executor is often the one who has to deal with such complaints.

How Do I Know if I Can Contest a Will?

If you are someone who believes that your loved one’s will is invalid for one reason or another, in many cases, you may have legal grounds to contest the will. Sometimes, it is a simple formality, such as the will not meeting certain legal criteria. However, in other cases, the cause for contesting a will may be more contentious, such as believing that you were cheated out of certain assets or that the executor is not acting in good faith. Some of the many reasons you may contest a will include believing the will was created under coercion, deception, or even bribery. Regardless of your situation, if you believe that something isn’t right and that your loved one’s will may be invalid, you should speak with a seasoned New Jersey estate administration attorney immediately who has extensive experience in contesting wills. Our firm is here to help.

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Juan C. Velasco, Esq. is a trusted attorney who concentrates on bankruptcy, family law, real estate, and estate matters who has been serving the New Jersey area for over 25 years. That is why we are confident we have what it takes to provide you with the effective legal counsel you need. If you need experienced legal counsel, please contact Velasco Law Office and we will be happy to assist you.