If you have recently suffered the loss of a loved one in Arkansas, you probably hope that your family can come together to support and help one another in this difficult time of grieving. We at Gramling Estes Law Firm hope that will be the case for you and your family, but unfortunately, it is not uncommon for disputes over wills and trusts to arise in the wake of a death, tearing families apart at a time that they should be coming together. Though it is not pleasant, sometimes the only way to resolve these matters is through litigation.
You may be reluctant to stir up trouble by contesting a will, but if you have reason to believe that it may be invalid or fraudulent, you have a responsibility to speak up, not only for yourself but for other beneficiaries who may not get a fair inheritance, as well as for the deceased whose wishes in regard to distribution of property and assets have not received the respect they deserve.
According to FindLaw, to persuade a vulnerable person to forgo his or her wishes while making out a will to the benefit of the persuader is to exert undue influence. It represents an abuse of trust and, if proven, can invalidate a will.
Sometimes it may be necessary to contest a will in order to right a wrong, preserve respect for your deceased loved one’s wishes and ensure everyone receives fair treatment. More information about will contests is available on our website.