Knowledgeable Counsel For Will And Trust Contests

A will or trust contest can cause friction between family members and may involve an extended probate court process. Because the estate funds pay for the legal defense, these cases can diminish the gifts of all beneficiaries. A knowledgeable attorney can help you quickly resolve these conflicts and represent your best interests in the courtroom.

At the Law Office of Illana D. Leiser, we help beneficiaries, claimants and estate administrators overcome the legal hurdles related to a will or trust contest. Ms. Leiser is a Manhattan attorney with over 10 years of finance experience. We represent people in New York City and the extended metropolitan area, including Nassau and Westchester counties.

What Is A Will Or Trust Contest?

A will or trust contest is a type of estate lawsuit which claims that a will or trust is not valid and therefore should not be used to distribute assets. Only an "interested party" such as a disinherited or disadvantaged heir or beneficiary, may contest a will or trust. There are strict deadlines for filing a claim, so call our office immediately if you believe you have a case.

Reasons to contest a will or trust in New York state may include:

  • Lack of mental capacity: The creator of the will or trust was not of sound mind at the time the will or trust was signed.
  • Undue influence: A party influenced a will or trust creator in a weakened mental state to act against their wishes. In some cases, this may include the use of extreme pressure, such as physical or verbal abuse. At other times, it can be the result of more subtle but insidious behavior.
  • Incorrect execution: The creator did not follow the correct legal steps when making a will or trust.
  • Forgery: The signature on the document is a forgery and therefore the will or trust is not genuine.
  • Fraud: A person made false statements that influenced the creator's plan.

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You can call our law office for free and discuss your case with an attorney. To schedule your free consultation, call 212-859-5078 or email us directly.