There are a few circumstances in which it is prudent to contest a legal will:
- If the will was obtained through duress — Though duress is difficult to prove, in some instances it merits further investigation. For example, if a person who was in a powerful position in relation to the testor received a gift that might not be ordinarily expected, this could prove grounds to further explore a challenge to the will.
- Mental incompetence of the testor — Maryland wills must be the product of a person’s own volition. Thus, if a testor was mentally incompetent during the composition of the will, the will cannot be valid.
Maryland estate planning lawyers
The wills and estate attorneys of Chapman & Bowling are compassionate and experienced. We realize that contesting a Maryland will can create additional strife among family members who are already working through the difficult process of mourning for someone who was very dear to them.
We know how to handle these delicate affairs with considerable aplomb and are able to advocate your interests with the tact and expertise that these circumstances require.
Contact a Maryland estate planning lawyer
There are strict time limits for contesting a will. Contact our wills and estate attorneys at Chapman & Bowling immediately if you think you need to defend or contest a Maryland will. We represent clients throughout Maryland from our law offices in La Plata, Waldorf and Lexington Park and other locations available by appointment.