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If you believe your loved one was taken advantage of by somebody hoping to change his or her estate plans, you should consult an experienced probate lawyer about bringing a will contest. This is a formal objection to the validity of the will on the basis that the will doesn’t reflect the intent of the person who made the will, known as a testator. A will contest cannot be brought until AFTER the testator dies.

Two reasons to bring a will contest is a testator’s lack of mental capacity or undue influence over the testator. The former is more straightforward arising where a person suffers from dementia or another infirmity at the time the will or trust document is made. The latter is more difficult to prove.