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Signs you may need to contest your loved one’s will

On Behalf of | Jun 17, 2024 | Estate planning

Losing a loved one is difficult, and handling their will as a part of the estate planning process can add to the stress. It may be helpful to understand some key signs that a will in Kentucky should be contested. 

Sudden changes to the will

If your loved one made sudden, unexpected changes to their will shortly before their death, it might be a red flag. This is especially concerning if the changes benefit one person significantly more than others. 

Observe any significant changes made toward the end of their life, and consider consulting with a legal professional if you need an expert vantage point on estate planning

Lack of mental capacity

To create a valid will, your loved one must have been of sound mind. For example, if you believe they lacked the mental capacity to understand the will’s content or consequences when it was created, you might need to contest it.

Undue influence

Undue influence occurs if someone pressures or manipulates your loved one into changing their will. Signs include isolating the deceased from family or friends and controlling their decisions. 

Forgery or fraud

Forgery or fraud constitutes a grave concern and frequently serves as grounds for contesting a will. If you suspect tampering or the forgery of your loved one’s signature, you should actively consider contesting the will. Scrutinize the document for any inconsistencies in signatures or atypical language, as these may indicate fraudulent activity.

Unclear or ambiguous language

If the will contains unclear or ambiguous language, it might not accurately reflect your loved one’s intentions. Contesting the will can help clarify their true wishes and ensure fair distribution of assets.

Ensuring your loved one’s wishes

Contesting a will is a serious step, but you might need to take it to ensure you honor your loved one’s true wishes. By being vigilant, you can protect your loved one’s legacy and ensure a fair distribution of their assets.