Will & Trust Contests
It’s a sad fact of modern life that people prey upon the vulnerable elderly. One result is the betrayal by someone close – a chummy neighbor, designing caregiver, or unscrupulous family member – who profits by persuading someone with weakened judgment to make changes to a will, trust, or beneficiary designation.
Fortunately, the law provides a remedy. Estate plans changed under dubious circumstances can be contested.
Attorney Andrew Sykes has a rare combination of skills to take on such a case: substantial experience in both litigation and elder law. He has spent years practicing in each area. Because Mr. Sykes practices elder law regularly, he has constant practice determining the capacity of clients. In a will contest, there is no substitute for the years spent making careful observations of those whose capacity may be in question. Before going into elder law, he spent years in a full-time litigation practice – deposing witnesses, conducting direct and cross-examinations, presenting and fighting motions, and making courtroom presentations before judges and juries.
We have both the first-hand knowledge and the skills to help you get the result you deserve.
To learn more about contests over wills, trusts, and beneficiary designations, click on the blog post links below. Or better yet, contact us for a personal meeting to discuss your situation.
When someone calls my office wanting to contest a will or revocable trust, one of the first questions is whether we still have time to contest it. No use going through all the details of possible forgery or undue influence if we’re two years past the time limit. Below are the time limits applicable in […]
The most common reason for contesting a will is an allegation of undue influence – that is, that someone close to the person creating a will (called the “testator”) gained a substantial benefit by persuading the testator to favor that person, at a time when the testator suffered from a weakened intellect. When an estate […]
Who can file a will contest under Pennsylvania law? Quick answer: only someone who would benefit financially from having the will declared invalid. Suppose John Doe signs his first and only Last Will and Testament on his death bed. It was written by his youngest daughter, who had been his live-in caregiver for two years […]