Of all legal disputes that can tear a family apart, those centered around a will can be the most protracted, damaging, and costly. These are often highly emotional matters complicated by the fact that they deal with the distribution of a person’s property – and perhaps even their legacy. From deciding who gets what to ensuring that the will is executed correctly, there are a lot of potential pitfalls in the process that can raise tensions among family and friends that may already be on edge. This is where an experienced will disputes attorney can be invaluable in helping to resolve the matter quickly and efficiently while minimizing the potential for further damage to relationships.
At Pinnacle Law, we understand the importance of protecting your assets and your family’s future. We also know that time is of the essence when it comes to will disputes. The sooner you can resolve the matter, the less chance there is of lasting damage to relationships. That’s why we take a proactive approach to will disputes, working to resolve the matter fast. We also understand that not every will dispute can be resolved without going to court. When that happens, we are ready to aggressively defend your interests in court.
Whether you are contesting a will or need to have one defended, our team of will disputes attorneys has the experience and knowledge to help you resolve the matter quickly and efficiently.
Because wills are often the center of a person’s estate planning, they can be a source of contention among family and friends. The most frequent reasons why will disputes arise include:
The potential outcomes of a will dispute will depend on the specific facts and circumstances of the case. Sometimes the matter can be resolved without going to court. For example, if the parties can reach an agreement on how to divide the estate, they can submit a settlement agreement to the court for approval. Alternatively, if the parties can reach an agreement on who should serve as an executor, they can submit a nomination agreement to the court.
In other cases, the matter will need to be decided by a judge. If the judge finds that the will is not valid, they can order the estate to be distributed according to the laws of intestate succession. If the judge determines that the will is valid, they will order the executor to carry out the terms of the will. In some cases, the judge may appoint a different executor if they find that the original executor is not up to the task.
There are a few things you can do to minimize the risk of will disputes:
If you have any concerns about the risk of will disputes, you should speak to an experienced estate planning attorney. An attorney can help you to create a will that minimizes the risk of disputes and can help to resolve any disputes that do arise.
If you are involved in a will dispute, the first step is to contact an experienced estate planning attorney. The attorneys at Pinnacle Law have years of experience juggling the complex issues that can arise in will disputes. We are here to help you resolve a dispute as quickly and efficiently as possible to ensure that your family can move forward. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.