When a loved one passes away, their estate has to be handled. One of the components of this that you have to think about is the will. There are many things that can be included in a will, so you must be prepared to deal with whatever it contains.
In some instances, your loved one might have been open about the will contents with you so that you know what to expect. But, have you thought about what will happen if the will isn’t what you or someone else was told? This could lead to a will contest, which means that a person is calling the validity of the will into question.
You can’t file a will contest without being a person with a legal interest in the will or without having a valid reason. If your case meets the legal requirements to contest a will, you are likely in for a long battle.
A case like this can be very costly and challenging. You might find that your emotions take over because it is putting family member against family member. There might be hurtful allegations that are unfounded and made strictly to ruin your character. This can be stressful and very difficult to heal from. There is a chance that the family will never be back together again in the way it was before.
It is imperative that you consider the benefits of getting what you thought was coming to you and how that stacks up against the thought of a family rift. The fact that you want to do your loved one’s wishes might be the fueling thought.