Contested Wills

 

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  • He couldn’t even remember my name, how could he have made a new will?
  • Can you believe he gave all of his money to his nurse?
  • My brother was always a bully, I’m sure he forced mom to change her will.
  • That sure doesn’t look like her signature.
  • Mom never told me she amended her will (codicil).
  • I cannot believe my brother is challenging the will.  What do I do?

Have you received notice from the Orphans’ Court or Register of Wills that someone has named you in their will (interested person)?  Do you question the validity of the will or a codicil thereto (amendment)? You have the right to challenge the will or codicil (caveat proceeding).

Are you the Personal Representative of an estate and someone else is contesting the will? You (the estate) has the right to defend the will challenge.

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The passing of a loved one is a very emotional time and people often put off their concerns until life gets back to normal.  This is a very dangerous reaction when you question the validity of a will, the statue of limitations for a caveat proceeding is six (6) months after the first appointment of a personal representative. Contact the Pinder Plotkin Legal Team for a free consultation and be prepared to discuss the questions below:

  • Is there a more recent Will or Codicil?
  • Who witnessed the Will or Codicil and where was it executed?
  • Was the person mentally competent at the time the Will or Codicil was executed?
  • Was the Will or Codicil executed with undue influence?  “Generally, undue influence amounts to physical or moral coercion that forces a testator to follow another’s judgment instead of his own.” See  Moore v. Smith, 321 Md. 347, 353, 582 A.2d 1237 (1990)

Estate litigation can be a very emotional process, we do our best to take the emotion out of decisions and present you with practical solutions to minimize cost and time necessary to achieve your desired result. If an immediate practical solution cannot be achieved, we are ready, willing and able to litigate the validity of a will or codicil on your behalf.

The Pinder Plotkin Legal Team accepts credit cards and offers payment plans for estate litigation matters. Contact us for a free consultation at (410) 661-9440.

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