Will contests often involve bitter disputes between family members. In some cases, a loved one changed their will after being improperly influenced by another family member or close friend. In other cases, the deceased family member was a victim of Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia, and they didn’t have the mental capacity to properly change their will. Regardless of the situation, the estate litigation attorneys at Weaver, Bennett & Bland are here to help you through this trying time.
Every will contest–or “caveat action”–has facts that are as unique as your family. Our attorneys truly listen to your situation and help formulate a plan to make sure your loved one’s wishes are realized. With over 35 years of experience in caveat litigation, our lawyers know how to build a winning case around the highly specific laws in North Carolina. We typically represent clients who experienced the following:
- Undue Influence: The person signing the will was improperly influenced and taken advantage by a family member or friend. These types of cases typically result in the complete or partial disinheritance of you or your family.
- Lack of Capacity: The person signing the will suffered from a disease that attacked their mental faculties, such as Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia. When making their will, the person did not completely understand what they were doing. These cases also typically result in the complete or partial disinheritance of you or your family.
- Conflicting Wills: After a loved one’s passing, several conflicting wills are discovered. A detailed review of the competing wills and the complex legal requirements for will validity must be performed.
- Wills that Fail to Meet North Carolina’s Strict Signing Standards: The State of North Carolina creates many specific rules surrounding the validity of wills. For example, if a will was not properly signed or witnessed, there may be issues surrounding its validity.
In addition, the Charlotte estate lawyers at Weaver, Bennett & Bland understand that the victims of an invalid or fraudulently obtained will often do not have the resources to pursue their claims. Our attorneys consider the merits of each case and handle caveat actions with both hourly and contingency fee arrangements.
If you need aggressive and competent will contest, caveat, or estate litigation legal services, contact Weaver, Bennett & Bland today by calling (704) 844-1400. Our estate litigation attorneys always provide free consultations.