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Estate Planning, 5E by Stephen Maple

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CHAPTER15

Avoiding Feuds Over Your Estate

In This Chapter

  • How wills can be contested
  • Where the burden of proof rests
  • Will writing don’ts
  • Making your will challenge-proof

It is the stuff of drama—challenging a will. “Then, Lieutenant, just as Great Uncle Simon was planning to change his will …” or words to that effect have turned up in dialogue in motion pictures and television dramas since both appeared on the scene.

Challenging a will isn’t quite that dramatic in real life. It’s families squabbling, threatening, seeing lawyers, not speaking—and continuing all this sometimes for years. Naturally, you don’t want to see your loved ones carrying ...

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