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Will & Trust Contests Attorney Serving New York City

Good estate planning is an effective way for the maker of a Will to proactively resolve disputes by making their wishes regarding the estate known. However, it is not always perfect. There might be errors, omissions, or mistakes. If you have an interest in the estate and have questions about the validity of a Will or trust, contact The Law Office of Krim & Krim, P.C. Timing is critical.

At our firm, we understand the emotional nature of disputes that arise following the loss of a loved one or the loss of what you believe to be your interest in the estate. These emotions can be compounded by frustration if the Will or trust was the product of coercion. We can help you navigate the difficult legal process.

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Wills or trusts are typically contested by a person with an interest in the estate or trust who thinks the Will is invalid for a number of reasons. A successful Will contest can result in an earlier Will being revived, in the estate going to the heirs-at-law in the event there is no other valid Will, or in someone other than the person seeking to be the executor being appointed for that role by the court. Grounds for a successful Will contest can be very difficult to prove, but the court entertains a number of arguments, including:

  • Will was not signed properly.

  • The person making the Will was not competent.

  • The person making the Will was coerced into signing the Will.

  • Witnesses were not present when they said they were.

If you have questions about the possibility of contesting a Will or trust, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced attorney. We will examine the facts of your situation and advise you on the best course of action.

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If you have questions regarding Wills or trusts contests, for a free initial consultation, contact us or call our office. We maintain flexible office hours to accommodate the needs of our clients.