When a family member unexpectedly changes his or her estate plan or will, it is not uncommon for loved ones to question the modifications. Sadly, there are those who may be convinced or manipulated into changing wills in order to meet another person's wants or needs. It happens more often than anyone would like to imagine. Fortunately, those in Florida and elsewhere who believe this has occurred can choose to contest any such adjustments to estate plans in court.
Many people may believe that wills can only be contested after a family member has died. This, fortunately, is far from the truth. Wills can be contested before or after death. For those who find out about unexpected changes to loved one's estate plans, they can pursue legal actions against the individuals believed responsible for the modifications and seek to have wills corrected.
There are a number of people that can have a significant influence over how one chooses to draw up his or her will. These may be family members, care givers, friends or there personal representatives. Proving manipulation occurred and resulted in the modification of a will can be somewhat challenging. There are certain factors that must be present to legal prove manipulation or coercion. These are listed on our firms website under Florida Undue Influence.
Wills are written so that one's final wishes may be carried out as desired. Unfortunately, people are often placed in vulnerable positions due to illness, fear, confusion or a number of other circumstances. Florida residents who believe they have loved ones who were manipulated into adjusting their wills can seek legal assistance to correct the issues and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.