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Will Contests

Individuals who can challenge a will

In the state of Massachusetts, there are specific people who are legally allowed to challenge a will. This is known as "standing to contest a will." People who can challenge a will in Massachusetts Probate law in Massachusetts stipulates that only "interested parties"...

When do non-contestability clauses make sense?

Writing a will is a good way to ensure that your Massachusetts assets are distributed according to your wishes after you die. In most cases, a person who writes a will, known as the "testator," can expect their heirs to comply with the directives in the will. However,...

Why a will may fail

The execution of a will after a loved one’s death does not always play out smoothly. In Massachusetts, family members frequently contest wills, and there are some very common reasons why this occurs. Greed If the departed party decided to leave most of their money and...

How do will contests work in Massachusetts?

Wills are important estate planning documents that can help ensure your final wishes get carried out. But what happens if someone contests or disputes the will? What is a will contest? A will contest is a legal challenge to the validity of a will. Typically, a will...

Who are interested parties in will contests?

Are you planning to publish your will in Massachusetts? This is a matter that you need to think long and hard about. You want to be sure that every angle is covered so that contests will be minimal or nonexistent. This includes all those who can be listed as an...

Does the executor of a will have the final say?

Being the executor of an estate in Massachusetts carries more responsibility than just the authority over the distribution process. The executor effectively ensures that all outstanding debts are paid first with asset distribution then being completed according to the...