Estate planning documents — including wills — layout an individual's final wishes regarding property distribution and health care, and often provide guidance on how assets are to be used by future generations. As such, courts typically take these documents seriously and follow distribution instructions unless there is a compelling reason not to do so.
At the Alameda County Law Offices of Connie Yi, PC, I represent both the personal representatives of the estate and those challenging the validity of wills in will contest disputes.
Ensuring Decedent's Final Wishes Are Carried Out
As an experienced estate planning attorney, I — Connie Yi — understand the important financial and emotional impact estate planning documents can have on surviving friends and family members.
My firm helps those named as personal representatives, or executors, defend against will contests, preserve the integrity of the documents they are tasked with executing and carry out the deceased's final wishes.
Will Contests Lawyer In Oakland
When there is a valid reason to challenge a will, I represent family members and friends of the deceased in will contest suits. Common reasons wills are contested include:
- The testator lacked testamentary capacity — commonly argued in cases of dementia or insanity
- The testator was under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- The will is fraudulent or was forged
- The testator was being unduly influenced when writing the will
- A new will pre-empts the will being probated
- The will was improperly executed — usually due to improper witnesses or if the will is unsigned
- The will is ambiguous and requires court interpretation
Many wills contain a "no contest" clause. In these situations, heirs who contest their share under a will risk forfeiting all benefits if the will is upheld. I work closely with individuals to carefully evaluate the circumstances surrounding the will's execution and examine additional evidence to ensure their claim is valid before bringing a will contest suit.
Contact The Law Offices Of Connie Yi, PC
If you are involved in a will contest suit, or are questioning the validity of a will, I can help. Contact me, attorney Connie Yi, today at 888-312-6978 to schedule a consultation. I have four offices throughout the Bay Area for your convenience. I speak fluent Mandarin and Cantonese.