A will contest is when someone raises a challenge to the terms that are in a will. They’re essentially asking the court to not enforce the terms of the will or not carry out the wishes that are contained within the will. Those can be raised for a variety of reasons. But, how can I avoid such a contest? Well, typically there are clauses that can be written into the will such as a no contest clause, which says that if a person contests the terms of this will, then they are therefore written out as a beneficiary of the will, they’ve declined to accept whatever was given to them in the will, or what was bequeathed to them in the will. Some other ways to do it would be to not include clauses in the will, which are clearly outside of the bounds of what one would expect, like cutting out relatives or disinheriting people that one would not expect to be disinherited, without clearly laying out the reasons why in the will.
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