Undue Influence Can Taint The Validity Of A Will
Creating a will allows for an individual to generously pass on their assets. When there is a sizable estate involved, however, inheritance shares can become points of contention for beneficiaries. In some cases, an heir may even take it upon themselves to sway a family member’s estate planning decisions through deceit and other unsavory tactics.
Such actions are considered undue influence. When proven in court, undue influence can void a will. If you suspect that a loved one’s will does not reflect their actual desires, a Haddonfield law firm like ours at Ritigstein Law may be able to help.
Potential Grounds For Contesting A Will
In the state of New Jersey, a party providing undue influence can be cause to challenge a will. This requires proving that the will’s testator was vulnerable to manipulation due to their mental, physical or economic state. Some examples of undue influence can include:
- An individual’s caretaker preying on their dependence and seeking a large share of their estate
- A testator’s children being edged out of their will at the recommendation of a spouse
- Another party participating too closely in the drafting of a will, offering input that serves their best interests
Undue influence can happen in a variety of ways, but it typically manifests as the surprising allocation of certain sums. A lawyer who is well-versed in this segment of estate litigation — such as ours at Ritigstein Law — may be able to help you recognize the signs of undue influence in a loved one’s will.
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To speak with an attorney regarding undue influence, will contests or other estate litigation matters, contact us today. You can fill out our contact form to schedule a free 30-minute consultation regarding your case. We are also available by phone at 856-375-1473.