A will is designed to distribute an estate in an orderly manner and prevent conflict when a loved one passes away, but sometimes a beneficiary or other party has an issue with how the estate is being handled and a will contest ensues. When this occurs, whether you are defending the contents of a document or you want to contest a will, you will need an experienced probate attorney to help you explore your legal rights and pursue your interests.
Serving Farmington Hills, Greater Detroit And Beyond
At The Prince Law Firm, located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, our focus on estate planning and probate can help you avoid having someone deciding to contest a will by drafting comprehensive documents that clearly articulate the intentions of the owner of the will.
However, our extensive probate litigation experience can also help you challenge a will or defend a will contest when conflicts arise. To learn more about how we can help you, please contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your concerns.
Handling A Wide Range Of Probate and Will Contest Matters
We handle all types of will contests that involve challenging the validity of the document, such as:
- Competency, lack of capacity issues on the part of the owner of the will
- Undue influence
- Was the will signed by the people who claimed to sign it
- Disputes concerning what the language of the document means
- What effect the document will have and if that was the original intention
- Were specific things intentionally left out of the will or was there an oversight
- Are some assets supposed to transfer outside of probate or do they belong to the estate
- Were transfer-on-death designated assets executed correctly
Many of these issues are similar to trust contests and demand that they be inspected very carefully. We will analyze every angle to help you find an acceptable solution. Our goal is to help you resolve the dispute while preserving relationships with your family.
Mediation Can Be An Effective Alternative
Pat Prince and Shaheen Imami are both trained mediators, and offer complete alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services. We offer this alternative to help settle the contest of a will, because it is a more cost-effective and efficient way to resolve a probate dispute. It also avoids airing your 'dirty laundry' in your family in a public forum such as court.
If pursuing your case in probate court is the desired option, we will provide vigorous representation to protect your interest and achieve your desired outcome. Our attorneys have extensive trial experience and we are well-versed in the laws and procedures used in Michigan probate court.
If you need to contest a will, our Detroit-area probate litigation lawyers offer experience and sound advice. Call us at 248-419-1968, or send us an email, to ask how we can help with your dispute.