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How to Contest a Will in Mesa

In Arizona, certain requirements must be met to ensure a will is valid and legally binding. For instance, the person creating the will must be at least 18 years old and must be of sound mind. The person must also create the document free from the influence of others and must sign the will in front of two or more witnesses.

In some cases, family members may contest a will due to concerns about its validity and legality. When this occurs, the process can be quite time-consuming and fraught with conflict.

Our estate planning attorneys at Walk-In Wills help clients in Mesa, AZ and surrounding areas protect their assets and loved ones after they’re gone. We can also help you structure your will in such a way that the risk of it being contested by your family is reduced.

Common Reasons for Contesting a Will

Heirs may choose to contest a will for many distinct reasons, including:

  • Insufficient mental faculties
  • Undue influence by another person
  • Outdated documents
  • Problematic will legitimacy

If the family of the deceased believes any of the above factors played a role in will creation, they may choose to pursue probate litigation.

How to Keep Your Heirs Happy

It’s not always possible to avoid a contested will, but taking certain steps can be greatly beneficial:

  • Use a No Contest Clause – No contest clauses state that any person who challenges the will loses their share of assets.
  • Undergo a Physical Examination – A physical exam by a doctor can show that you’re of sound mind, which proves that you created the will in the right mental state.
  • Explain Decisions to Your Loved Ones – Your family members may also come to a greater understanding if you explain your thought processes during will creation.

Professional legal assistance is also crucial when creating a will, and Walk-In Wills offers our clients the benefit of over 20 years of experience. Along with will creation, we also help with trusts, powers of attorney, and more.

Schedule a free consultation at our office today by calling (480) 470-7000. You can also contact us to learn more about our firm and what we can do for you.