A will contest is an adversarial proceeding typically arising when a beneficiary of a decedent’s estate, or an individual or entity believing he or she has been wrongfully precluded from a beneficial interest, petitions the court to set aside a will. Will contests are often based on lack of capacity by the testator, undue influence, fraud in the execution, fraud in the inducement, duress, coercion, mistake in content, or procedural irregularities. Attorneys in the firm’s trust and estates litigation and fiduciary litigation practices represent executors, administrators, and beneficiaries in defending a will and beneficiaries and disinherited individuals in prosecuting will contests. In addition to will contests, California courts have recently recognized a new cause of action for intentional interference of expected inheritance, which may be available to disinherited individuals.
Contact David Lee Rice, APLC, at 310-517-8600 to learn more about Will Contests. Based near Los Angeles, our lawyers handle Will Contests throughout Southern California, statewide and nationwide.