It is often difficult to separate emotions from reason when caught in the predicament of a will contest. Nevertheless, some families simply cannot avoid these cases, especially when situations involve unclear wills. What are the basics of contesting a will in Seattle?
Washington residents who have taken the prudent step of creating their estate plan should be able to feel confident that their plans will be executed as they have outlined. However, that may not necessarily happen so easily in all cases. There are some specific situations in which people may be able to file legitimate contests to a person's will. Understanding these is important to ideally prevent from being in this situation.
Any close family member's death can bring dark and distressing times, especially when that family member left behind a will that the surviving family do not agree upon. Some individuals dealing with the death of a family member in Seattle are shocked when they discover that other immediate family received a larger inheritance than their own. This conflict is difficult to tackle because the writer of the will inevitably cannot clarify details, and those attempting to find a solution may fight for their rights to inheritance for years.
Two of the main reasons behind inheritance disputes are questions about mental capacity and/or undue influence. Essentially, it's being suggested that what the will says is not actually what the person wanted.
Inheritance disputes arise for all sorts of reasons and each case may present unique challenges. In Seattle, and all over the rest of the state, these disagreements can become very serious and, in some cases, may even tear an entire family apart. At Riach Gese Jacobs PLLC, we can understand the emotional and financial difficulties that family members and other beneficiaries may experience when these challenges arise.