We are will contest attorneys in New York City. We’ve been in practice since 2008. Losing someone you love is hard. Finding out issues with their will makes it harder. We can help if you need to contest or defend a will.
Our law firm has over fifteen years of experience handling will contests in New York. We represent people who want to challenge wills. We also defend wills from contests.
We have a deep focus on will contest cases. We have extensive experience with them. This gives us deep knowledge of capacity, influence and execution disputes. It helps us build strong cases for our clients.
We have a proven record of favorable settlements and case outcomes. Every situation is unique. We develop custom legal strategies using the best arguments.
Please contact us with any questions or for a case assessment. Our experienced legal team can review your specific will contest or defense needs. You can call us at 212-233-1233 or send us an email at [email protected] to discuss your situation.
You probably have many lawyers to choose from. Why pick us? Here’s why clients choose our firm:
We have a strong record of proven results in will contests. We’ve achieved many favorable settlements and case outcomes for clients over the years. This offers our clients confidence in the firm.
Our lawyers have taken on many will contests over our history. We’ve seen all types of scenarios and problems. We have experience with capacity, undue influence, execution standards, and other legal contest grounds. Our firm offers deep knowledge of the intricacies and case law surrounding will challenges.
We have a deep focus on will contest cases. For over fifteen years handling these disputes exclusively, we have deep knowledge of all issues that arise.
Each case has unique aspects. We tailor creative legal arguments and strategies to clients’ specific situations and goals. Stock approaches don’t cut it on these variable cases. We craft custom arguments and innovative tactics aligned to your goals.
We listen closely to understand what clients aim to achieve. Our lawyers are determined but compassionate advocates. We combine legal vigor with genuine empathy and concern for each client’s unique needs during this stressful process. Read the reviews from our satisfied clients.
Most matters settle, requiring judgment to determine if an offer aligns with potential trial outcomes or not.
Meticulous inspection of documents and filings signals we leave no stone unturned to build evidentiary support on your behalf.
At Goodwin Law, we enter every case with relentless determination to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.
Contesting or defending a will is not just a clinical intellectual exercise for our lawyers. We invest heart and soul into the fight for justice. This passion fuels the extra hours of preparation and creativity to build the strongest case arguments we can under the unique circumstances of each dispute. If you desire attorneys who refuse to back down from this fight when so much is at stake, our team brings the energy, grit, and passion needed to win.
If you need to contest or defend a will, hire a firm dedicated fully to this area. Contact us for information on why clients choose us to represent them in these complex disputes.
There are a few main reasons people often dispute or challenge a will. These include:
The person making the will must be of sound mind. If mental capacity was compromised, the will may not be valid.
Someone pressuring, threatening, or manipulating the person who made the will. This can invalidate provisions.
Wills require certain steps to be valid like proper witnessing. Technical defects could make the will void.
Major changes from previous wills or estate plans can prompt contests over the reasons.
Even without legal grounds, perceived unfairness leads heirs to contest surprisingly often.
These are some of the common disputes we see. The law sets a high bar for invalidating a will, but defects do happen. An experienced legal eye is needed to identify and argue the best contest grounds.
Every scenario is unique when a will gets contested. Contact us for information on how we assess the specifics to build strong case strategies.
Once you decide to move forward contesting a will, here is an overview of what typically happens:
We thoroughly examine the will, trust, estate plan documents and more for defects.
We analyze capacity, influence, execution issues to identify the strongest legal bases to dispute the will.
The person contesting the will files timely objections to the probate of the will.
We seek documents, ask written questions, and take depositions to build evidence for the case.
Such as requests to dismiss certain claims or arguments on legal merits from either side.
Most cases settle before trial but negotiations take strategic experience and skill.
If we don’t reach a settlement, taking the will dispute to trial culminates in a judge or jury decision.
Either side can appeal the trial judgment if grounds exist that legal errors impacted the outcome.
This is the standard progression of a will contest lawsuit. The unique details of each case alter timeframes and specific next steps along the way. Please reach out to us for guidance tailored to your particular situation and goals.
If you have doubts about a will’s validity after someone passes away, we recommend taking these steps:
Locate the will, trusts, estate plans and any records on incapacity or undue influence concerns.
Look over the documents carefully yourself for any provisions that seem problematic, unfair or inconsistent.
Describe your specific issues with the will and why you feel it may be defective or worth contesting.
Our attorneys will thoroughly evaluate your grounds based on the documents and details you provide.
We will discuss whether legally sound reasons exist to challenge the will along with projected costs and timeframes.
Using the case assessment, you can determine if moving ahead with a formal contest makes sense for your situation.
You can reach out to us at any time to get our experienced team’s perspective. We are located in Midtown Manhattan in New York City. We cover Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island, Nassau County, Suffolk County and Westchester County. Give us a call at 212-233-1233 or send us an email at [email protected]. At Goodwin Law, we are here for you.