Contest a Will in Massachusetts
Breaking a will means to debate its' validity. It doesn't happen often, despite a rumor that it does.
The person contesting the will claims that you signed it but:
Many times the will's contester received less than they expected.
It doesn't happen as often as many people think that it does, in less than 1% of the post-death cases.
Huge hurdles to contest a will
In most situations, no one feels the will treats them unfairly. In the great majority of the time, the children or others were fairly provided for in the documents.
One hurdle is social: If you bring a lawsuit against a family member's will, a family member may take offense. As wrong meddling. Remember, contesting a will is a lawsuit.
Another hurdle is cost: Legal fees and court fees can be significant. Of any type, lawsuits cost thousands of dollars. And the person contesting the will has no guarantee of success.
The law has obstacles: Most importantly, the law demands adequate proof of a claim to move forward with a claim.
Because of the law's reluctance to allow upsets of wills, many claims are either settled or do not go to trial.
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