What are some of the most common causes of will contests?

We see will contests happen now and then, and I would point to two main areas that are typically the cause of these contest. The first would be not having a clear plan or blueprint in place for what is to happen when the client passes away. That means not just having a plan, but having done so with a qualified attorney to make sure that all the I’s are dotted, all the T’s are crossed. The second trigger that I often see to will contests is a situation where we have a second marriage or, perhaps, a surviving spouse, and we have children and/or descendants who are from a prior relationship. Naturally, there’s the possibility for conflict in those situations, so it’s incredibly important for clients to sit down with a qualified attorney and make sure that they have a good plan in place that can address those natural tensions.