CHAPTER 12

a CONTEST of WILLS

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“I know what Dad said, but if it’s not in the will . . .”

Have you ever challenged a will, or known someone who has? If so, you know it’s nearly impossible to win. Basically, you have to show that the testator (the person signing the will) was either tricked into it or not of sound mind. These are not easy things to prove, and it takes a lot of money to try. Still, two hundred thousand people in the US take on this challenge every year.

Think about that for a minute. A will is one of the most profound personal expressions a human being can make because it’s the last one they make. This last testament disposes of ...

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