Contesting a Will in Pennsylvania

                   Revocable living Trusts and Changes in beneficiaries are also contestable in Pennsylvania.



Provided here is a general statement of Pennsylvania law, it does not constitute legal advice. Consult an attorney directly for advice on your legal matter.


Grounds to Contest a Will

     Forgery – the signature is not that of the testator.

     Fraud –  the testator thought he or she was signing something else or didn’t realize the contents of the document when it assigned as a result of fraud


     Improper execution – the failure to comply with the legal requirements in signing the will may form the basis for a proper contest.

      Undue influence – arises when the will confers a substantial benefit on someone, be it a caregiver, close family member, significant other, etc., who was in a confidential relationship to the testator, who was at the time of weakened intellect.


It is important to weigh all the facts and circumstances before entering into litigation against family. 

A judge, possibly with an advisory jury, makes the final determination as to whether undue influence occurred.


Ask us how to draft a will that is virtually non-contestable.


     If you believe you have reason to contest a will, revocable living trust or change in beneficiary, obtain competent legal counsel about the merits of your case. You are more likely to have your rights vindicated with proper representation.


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