Protect your will and avoid will contests with these tips

On Behalf of | Jun 5, 2020 | Estate Planning |

You love your family, but if there is one thing you know, it’s that they can be argumentative. You have several children, and since they don’t always get along, you’re very worried about what would happen if your will wasn’t what they were expecting.

There are times when your children may have a right to contest your will, but it is in your best interests to take steps to prevent will contests. Will contests are time-consuming and costly. Some families have been broken up or destroyed as a result of them.

What can you do to make a will contest less likely? Start with good estate planning

There are a few things that you can do to make it less likely that your family will contest your will after you pass away. These include:

  • Signing your will in accordance with state law with the right number of witnesses
    • When you sign your will, it’s a good idea to do it with your attorney and with the right amount of noninterested witnesses
  • Getting a medical letter to state that you were coherent and in the right mind to sign your will
    • This is extremely helpful if you have dementia or any other kind of disease that affects your memory or ability to comprehend what you could be signing
  • Talking to your family about your wishes and intentions
    • Speaking to your family could help clear the air while you’re still alive, so you can discuss what you’re doing and why.

Each of these steps can help secure your will, so that there is a lesser chance that it will be contested.