A law professor who teaches probate and estate planning has listed six common reasons why people contest wills. Prof. Gerry Beyer’s paper is here. The paper also recommends a proper procedure for the execution of wills. It is worth reading. The six common reasons for contesting a will listed by Prof. Beyer are:
- Disinheritance of Close Family Members in Favor of a Distant Relative, a Friend, or a Charity.
- Unequal Treatment of Children.
- Sudden or Significant Change in Disposition Plan.
- Imposition of Excessive Restrictions on Bequests.
- Elderly or Disabled Testator.
- Unusual Behavior of Testator.
These are not the only reasons that people contest wills but they are common reasons. The reasons listed generally relate to the mental decline of the testator in their old age which is evidenced by their confusion, forgetfulness or susceptibility to the influence of others.
By Robert Ray a Texas inheritance attorney. The foregoing information is general in nature and does not apply to every fact situation. If you are concerned about inheritance laws, inheritance rights, have a family inheritance dispute, a property dispute or want information about contesting a will and need an inheritance lawyer, we can help. Please go to our main site www.theprobate.net and use the contact form to contact us today. We are Texas inheritance lawyers and would love to learn about your case and there is no fee for the initial consultation.