As you know, there are few things more important than creating a well-rounded estate plan in one’s lifetime. Though estate plans serve multiple purposes, one of the primary reasons people create estate plans is to ensure that their assets are distributed accordingly upon their passing. With the assistance of an experienced Alabama estate planning attorney, creating a comprehensive and legally enforceable estate plan is rather simple. However, there are times where individuals do not hire attorneys to write their wills, and instead try to go it alone. This opens them up to a wide range of potential legal pitfalls. In other cases, upon a decedent’s passing, beneficiaries will have other reasons to believe that the decedent’s estate plan is somehow invalid. When this happens, estate litigation almost always ensues. Please continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable Alabama estate planning & administration attorneys to learn more about estate litigation and how our firm can help you. Here are some of the questions you may have:
Why would someone contest a will?
There are various reasons why beneficiaries would contest the validity of a will. In many cases, a will contains vague or nondescript language that is open for interpretation. In other cases, beneficiaries will believe that the decedent’s will was marred by bribery or coercion. Sometimes, it is proven that wills were tampered with by fraud or other illegal activity. There are also times where beneficiaries will believe that the decedent was mentally incompetent at the time of drafting his or her will, which may mean that the will is invalid. Finally, among other circumstances, there are times where wills are improperly executed, which, in most cases, will render the will invalid. Regardless of your situation, if you believe your loved one’s will is invalid, you must retain the services of an experienced Alabama estate litigation attorney immediately.
What additional circumstances may warrant estate litigation?
There are various additional circumstances that may warrant estate litigation, and our firm is here to guide you through those situations as well. Some of the various additional estate litigation matters our firm can help with are as follows:
- Accounting disputes
- Contesting trusts
- Right of election disputes
- Fiduciary litigation and removal proceedings
The bottom line is that if you believe your loved one’s estate requires litigation, our firm is ready to help–all you have to do is pick up the phone and give us a call.
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Stone Crosby, P.C. has proudly served clients in Alabama for over 100 years. Our firm has experience handling matters including divorce and family law, estate planning and administration, business law, employment law, class actions, consumer protection, business law, real estate law, among many others. If you require quality legal representation, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.