How do I Contest a Will?
Miami, Florida Will Contest Attorneys
A will can be contested for several reasons. Was it drawn properly? Was the person who created and signed the will of sound mind when he or she did so? Is there reason to believe undue influence played a role? Is there evidence of fraud? At Barreto & Romero, P.A., our will contest attorneys have over 20 years of combined experience in representing clients in probate litigation matters. When necessary, we consult doctors, psychologists, and other experts who can evaluate a decedent's medical records, handwriting, or testify to how certain medications can affect a person's judgment or mental state of mind. We represent people who are interested in contesting a will as well as clients who are fighting a will contest in probate.
If you have questions regarding how to contest a will or what your legal options are if one is challenged, contact probate litigation lawyers at Barreto & Romero today to schedule an appointment and learn how we can help you.
What are the Grounds for Contesting a Will?
The law office of Barreto & Romero represents clients in will contests involving the following:
- Lack of capacity
- Undue influence
- Elective share
- Allegations a will was not properly drawn
- Allegations a beneficiary isolated a testator
- Allegations of a forged signature
- Violations of statutory requirements for a valid signature on a will
- Will made under duress
Will Contests – When to Consult an Attorney
Ideally, a certain amount of transparency and accountability should be involved in the creation of a will. When important estate planning decisions are made without disclosure or notification of others, the lack of transparency can be a warning sign that something isn't right. For instance, if a will is created or changed without consulting key family members, important questions need to be asked about the validity of the will – especially if the testator was taking medication or sick when the will was drawn. Alternatively, if the creator of a will was isolated from other family members before his or her death by a key beneficiary of the will, undue influence may be involved.
Contact Will Contest Attorneys at Barreto & Romero
At Barreto & Romero, our will contest attorneys can evaluate your situation and determine the legal options available to you should you decide to challenge a will. Alternatively, if a will is contested, we can review all relevant documents and perform an "audit" to ensure everything is in order and in compliance with existing law.
Regardless of whether you want to contest a will or defend one against a challenge, contact will contest attorneys at Barreto & Romero today to schedule an appointment and discuss your case.