Unique Legal Solutions and Insights For Contested Estate Plan and Probate
The death of a loved one may leave the family with complex legal problems. Misunderstandings and disagreements can arise among beneficiaries and heirs, which can lead to litigation. The process might be daunting and cannot be taken lightly or handled with cookie-cutter solutions. At Bottimore & Associates, P.L.L.C., we have provided estate and probate legal counsel to our clients in our Tacoma office for more than 40 years of combined experience.
When Heirs and Beneficiaries Challenge A Will
As a beneficiary or heir, you might have reasons to consider that a will is not accurate or is insufficient to secure the financial welfare of the intended person. As an executor, you might face questions from heirs and beneficiaries about the legality of a will.
There are specific reasons to challenge a will, which might include, but are not limited to the following:
- There is doubt about the state of mind of the person making the will (the testator) at the time it is drafted
- The will seems unfair to one or more parties who might plausibly have been bequeathed items or property in the document. (Only the spouse or children of the deceased can challenge a will under these circumstances.)
If a family member dies without a will, they are considered to have died intestate. In this case, the probate is often required to determine, on the basis of state law, who will receive their property and assets. It is still possible to challenge a probate case when there is no will. A skilled attorney can guide you through the process if you feel the estate is being administered improperly.
It is important to recall that in many cases, probate is not required in Washington. Therefore, it is vital to discuss your case with a qualified lawyer to find options suitable to the circumstances and facts surrounding your matter. At Bottimore & Associates, P.L.L.C., we are a team with 40+ years of combined experience representing beneficiaries and will executors. Our goal is also to make the process easier for our clients and avoid trials, when appropriate. We also provide advisory for living trusts to prevent further litigation of assets.
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Let us strive to find solutions to handle your estate or protect your rights. Call our Tacoma office at 253-780-7622 to schedule an appointment. You can enter your contact information and details of your concerns in our online form. We are open to virtual consultations.