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Can I contest a will?

| Aug 1, 2018 | Uncategorized

If you have had a loved one pass away and the person’s estate is now in probate in Arkansas, you may have the ability to contest the will if you feel it does not reflect the true wishes of the deceased. Contesting a will is a serious matter as it is expecting the court to make a ruling that could change the apparent expressed wishes of a person. There are some guidelines for allowing a will to be contested, according to the Arkansas Circuit Courts.

First, you have to be an interested party, meaning that you benefit in some way from the estate. You must provide a written statement of the grounds for contesting the will. This means you must have a valid reason for asking the court to judge the validity of the will. Grounds could include that the person was coerced or deceived into writing the will, that the person was not in a solid state of mind when the will was drawn up or some other reason why this will is not valid.

You will have to prove with evidence that what you are saying is true in a hearing before the court. You also must file your petition within the right time frame. It can be difficult to contest a will and have the court rule in your favor, so do be aware of this. You need very strong evidence to convince a court because of the serious nature of the situation. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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