When a loved one dies, it is only natural that you want their estate to be handled as efficiently and smoothly as possible so that you can focus on yours and your family’s emotional needs. Unfortunately, the presentation of a deceased person’s last will and testament can bring with it surprises regarding their testamentary decisions and can raise questions and challenges about the content of the will. If you believe that a will is invalid or has been wrongfully interpreted, please do not hesitate to discuss our case with one of our experienced lawyers at McLarty Wolf today.
Contesting the Validity or Interpretation of a Will
There are many reasons why you may believe that the provisions of a will should not be honored as written. Some of these include:
- The will was not properly signed, witnessed, or executed in accordance with the law.
- The testator did not have the mental capacity to understand the nature of their estate or who they intended to rightfully receive an inheritance from the estate.
- Another person unduly influenced the testator into drafting or amending their will.
- The testator was induced by fraud into signing the will.
- One or more provisions of the will have been misinterpreted by the executor or the courts (as to the identification of property, the identity of beneficiaries, and other mistakes).
Raising these types of arguments can be complicated and can involve looking into the personal affairs of testators and others who may be involved. However, sometimes contesting the will is necessary to ensure your loved one’s genuine wishes are honored and that you receive your rightful inheritance.
Applying for a Wills Variation
Our lawyers can also assist surviving spouses and children with applications for wills variations under the Wills, Estates and Succession Act. We are committed to ensuring that spouses and children are not wrongfully disinherited and are properly provided for following the death of a family member. Learn more about our Wills Variation.
Contact a knowledgeable contested and disputed wills lawyer in Vancouver for help today
If you are considering contesting a will or claiming an inheritance in British Columbia, your first step should be to contact the law firm of McLarty Wolf. We have the experience and knowledge to provide valuable advice and assistance regarding will challenges, so please call us today at 604-688-9542 to discuss your situation today.