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What if you have been disinherited?

On Behalf of | Jan 10, 2024 | Estate Litigation

Being disinherited is one of the most devastating things someone can go through, especially if they find out after the loss of their loved one. But what can you do in such a situation?

Here are four things to consider:

Find out why

Your loved one may disinherit you after making provisions for you to receive your inheritance differently, perhaps through a trust or life insurance policy. Or they may have given you substantial gifts already. But they can also disinherit you due to unresolved conflicts.

Thus, if you were unaware of being disinherited, you should find out why. The reason for disinheritance might be noted in the will.

Consider contesting the will

If you can prove you were wrongfully disinherited, perhaps your loved one was not of sound mind when they made the decision, or you believe undue influence contributed to their decision, you can contest the will. If the will was not properly witnessed, you might also have grounds to challenge it. Note that not everyone has the legal standing to dispute a will.

Allow yourself to grieve

It’s vital to acknowledge your situation and the emotions that come with it. Grieving is crucial in your healing process. Further, consider journaling or going to therapy.

Set healthy boundaries

You will likely go up against some family members when contesting the will. Thus, it’s crucial to establish healthy boundaries to protect your emotional well-being and avoid situations that can negatively impact your case.

Contesting a will can be complicated. However, legal guidance can help you determine if you are entitled to file a contest and if so, to understand the steps to take to protect your rights.