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Challenging & Defending a Will, Trust or Estate

Challenging & Defending a Will, Trust or EstateAt Puff & Cockerill, our lawyers have experience in defending a will, trust or estate. We have decades of experience representing individuals who are involved in contentious estate matters related to wills, trusts, and estates. We have an abundance of experience in resolving these often highly factual, emotional and sensitive matters.

Our attorneys act for those individuals and beneficiaries who believe they have been treated unfairly under a will, trust, or estate, as well as, for individuals and executors/trustees who are defending a will from such challenges. In addition, we act for individuals and beneficiaries who believe the testator (individual who made a will) was coerced into altering their last will and testament, trust, or beneficiary designations by way of undue influence, coercion, fraud, or duress. Moreover, a common cause of action in this field of estate litigation is that the testator lacked the mental capacity to create a will or alter a will.

Whether you are challenging or defending a will, trust, or estate, our attorneys have experience when it comes to disputes over the validity of the document, including questions about the mental capacity of the testator (“testamentary capacity”), and whether the testator was coerced or influenced to make or change the will (“undue influence”).

Challenging or defending a will, trust, or estate can be a daunting task, which requires an in-depth consideration of many factors. Accordingly, it is important to work with experienced counsel. Such cases are highly fact sensitive and most often will require witness testimony and expert testimony and reports. As always, the earlier you retain experienced counsel to assist you in challenging or defending a will, trust, or estate, the better your chances of success should be. Challenging or defending a will, trust, or estate contest is a highly complex area of estate litigation and it is highly recommended that you obtain counsel to help you navigate this area of law.

Our estate litigation attorneys at Puff & Cockerill stand ready to assist you in challenging or defending a will, trust, or estate.

Proper Estate Planning can help to prevent issues of contested wills later. Learn More about out Estate Planning Services.