It’s a common myth that anyone and everyone can challenge a will. For example, you can’t challenge the will of a distance relative just because you believe you should have received some or all of this person’s estate.
Regardless of who you are or the relationship with the deceased, you can’t contest a will because you think you should have received more.
Let’s examine some of the people who can typically challenge a will:
- Beneficiaries. As a beneficiary, you have standing to challenge a will. This holds true regardless of if you are a relative or not. A beneficiary can include but is not limited to children, spouse, grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
- Heirs. In the event that a person dies without creating a valid will, heirs have standing to challenge the will.
- Minors. As a minor, you may be able to challenge a will, however, it’s likely that you first have to turn 18 in order to move forward with the process.
In the event that you are interested in challenging a will, it’s imperative that you first determine if you have standing. If you do, you can then learn more about the process for doing so in your state.
There is no denying the fact that challenging a will is a detailed process. Along with this, there are many laws that can cause confusion along the way. For this reason, anyone who wants to challenge a will needs to learn more about the laws in their state and the steps they must take in order to comply with the law.
Source: FindLaw, “Who Can Challenge a Will?,” accessed March 09, 2017