Why someone might challenge a will

Generally speaking, probate courts in California and elsewhere in America stick as closely as possible to the words written in a will. However, it may be possible for an interested party to challenge the validity of the will. Statistically, a deceased person's spouse...

Identifying interested parties in will contests

One of the first questions that must be answered when a will is contested in California is who are the interested parties. And while this question may seem simple enough on the surface, it can be a complicated question to answer in some cases. In fact, the petitioner...

Who can contest a will

When a person dies with a will in California, the will must pass through probate court before any assets listed in the will are distributed to the identified beneficiaries. While the will is in probate court, any interested party can contest the validity of the will....

How to make a challenge to a will less likely

Some people who are creating an estate plan might be concerned that it could be vulnerable to challenges. There are ways to make a will contest less likely. First, people should not put off creating a will. The document should be made when there is no question about...