Can You Make Your Will “Contest-Proof”?

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Can You Make Your Will “Contest-Proof”?

When making a will, many people want to know how to make it “iron clad” or “contest-proof.” Some states allow no-contest clauses, which provides for the disinheritance of an heir to the estate should they challenge the validity of the decedent’s will. Florida does not. While no-contest clauses are unenforceable, crafting a will with an […]

Codicils Allow for Small Changes to a Will Without a Complete Overhaul

Do you need to make minor changes to a will? You can add an amendment called a “codicil” without having to revamp the entire document. This can be an ideal way to revise a will when you have simple changes, such as changing the name of an executor or swapping out any other provisions. In […]

Does Florida Require a Reading of the Will After Someone Dies?

We’ve all seen it done in movies and on television often enough that it has become part of our collective consciousness, but does a “reading of the will” ever really take place? Does an attorney really gather every one of the descendant’s relatives and friends from across the globe, bring them into a room full […]

Why Do People Contest Wills?

Ideally, wills are well-written, well-planned and legally binding documents that divide a decedent’s estate among heirs and beneficiaries. In some cases, however, a problem with the will’s creation or contents can make it invalid or cause disagreement about the decedent’s intentions. When this happens, an heir or people who had been named as a beneficiary under a […]

How to Contest a Will

If you are listed as the beneficiary in a will and have concerns about the will’s validity, you may choose to contest it. If this is the case for you, it’s important to understand under what circumstances you are permitted to contest a will, and how you should manage the process. There are four limited […]

Anticipating and Preventing Will Contests

Will contests, though relatively rare, may happen for a number of reasons. There are several common signs that parties involved in an estate plan might engage in a contest. If the situation involves the disinheritance of a close relative or spouse, unequal treatment of children in the will or unusual behavior on behalf of the […]