When we think about estate planning in Raleigh NC, we never think about how a will can be contested. Possibly, many of us don't even understand what that means. When a will is contested, it means that an objection has been raised against the will and whether or not it's actually valid.
Understanding Estate Planning in Raleigh NC and Will Contest
In many cases, challenging a will is difficult. Legal aspects can also vary from state to state. However, there are reasons why a will may be contested.
One of the most common reasons why wills are deemed invalid is because the deceased was incapacitated, mentally at the time it was written. Most often, this was due to illness or elder age.
Those who lack the ability to make logical decisions that are reasonable and clear are not sound mind to create a document that states their wishes. Even those who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs may have trouble with a valid will if they were using these substances during the time of the writing.
Anytime judgment is impaired for one reason or another, challenging the will can be a possibility. Those contesting should, however, do so with proof. They but also show that the person who created the will did not fully understand what was outlined in the consequences of it.
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