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Will validity may lead to probate litigation in Maryland

Dealing with the death of a loved one is always a difficult endeavor. Maryland residents will face many changes in their lives to get used to life after their loved ones' passing. Although for many, focusing on emotional healing is most important, there may be probate issues that could require attention in the near future.

One of the most common types of probate issues is the contesting of a will. This action pertains to legal proceedings in which an individual or individuals would like to contest the validity of a will. Their concerns may arise from feeling that the deceased was not in the right state of mind to draft a will at the time of its creation or from other reasons, such as believing the will does not present the deceased's true intentions.

If individuals would like to move forward with contesting a will, there may be another party or parties who may be vying for the will to be considered valid. As a result, evidence from either or both sides may be necessary in order for the decision to be made as to whether the will should be followed. Medical records, witness testimony, financial records and other appropriate information could be used as evidence in such cases. 

If Maryland residents are facing probate litigation, they may wish to assess their cases in order to determine which legal avenues may be best for them. Handling estate issues can be a touchy subject, and affected parties may wish to consider possible assistance. If they would like, they may want to discuss their concerns with experienced probate attorneys in order to gain specific insight into their particular situations. 

Source:, "Contesting a will: Best practices for successful probate litigation", Paul W. Norris, June 24, 2016

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