When you write out your last will and testament in Lee County, Florida, the last thing you want to worry about is whether it will stand up in court after you are gone. Sadly, this is sometimes the case when wills are not properly written up in the estate planning process. If it looks phony in any way, shape or form, it may be thrown out. This is why it is so important to make sure your wishes are recorded by the proper legal means.
This seems to be the case for one couple’s will that was recently contested in court. The couple died together in a plane crash in 2007. The husband and wife left behind a sizeable estate that they amassed through years of work as an attorney and dentist, respectively.
After their deaths, a will written up in 2006, just a year before the plane crash, was called into question. Evidently the couple also had a will from 1985 that their family felt was the real deal. In the earlier will, the man’s brother was not named as a beneficiary, but in the later one he was. The man’s sisters and woman’s former brother-in-law believed that the later will was fraudulently written up by the man’s brother.
They took their case to court, but failed to provide ample evidence that the 2006 will was a fake. The judge upheld the later will naming the couple’s nieces and nephews as primary heirs.
Sadly, this whole case may have been avoided. If you are interested in writing a will, it is a good idea to seek the advice of a lawyer who can help you with the process.
Source: Lehigh Valley Live, “Judge upholds Karoly will benefiting nieces, nephews – not siblings,” Tom Shortell, April 8, 2013