Changing a Will After the Death of a Loved One
A will is a legal document in which the testator expresses how they want their property to be distributed after they pass away. In a perfect world, wills would be fair for everyone involved, but many times that is not the case. If you feel like the will of the testator needs to be changed, there are probate attorneys that can help you throughout the process. Here are 5 reasons that you may want to change a will. (Related topics: trusts and estate attorney, estate litigation)
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The Testator Was Not Competent When the Will Was Signed
This is a big reason that people want to change the will of a person after they pass away. If the testator is in bad condition and could not fully understand what they were doing when they signed the will, you may be able to change it.
The testator Was Subject to Influence
People sometimes feel like a specific person took advantage of the testator. This can be because of old age or because they were in bad condition, as stated above. If this happened, you may want to change the will to distribute the property differently.
You Don’t Need All of Your Share
If the person that passed away granted you a big share, you may not want or need all of it. As a result, you may decide to pass on your inheritance to another family member.
You Want to Donate to Charity
You may want to change the will if you want part, or all, of your inheritance to go to charity.
You Want a More Equal Distribution
If one family member was left less than everyone else, you may want to even things out for all beneficiaries.
Here are a couple of reasons that you may want to change a will, but there are many other reasons as well. Since every case is different, a probate attorney will take into consideration each individual situation and help you legally change the will.