If there is anything that can make a loved one’s death even more tragic, it’s fighting with the people you care about over the person’s estate. If there is a will contest, an entire family could end up in turmoil.
That’s why it’s a good idea to take steps to eliminate the possibility of a will contest. How can you do that? Here are a few tips.
1. Add a no-contest clause
The first way to make sure that people won’t argue your will unnecessarily is to create a no-contest clause. You can state that anyone who contests the will loses what they stand to inherit if the judge does not agree with their stance.
2. Prove your competency
Another thing to do is to prove your competency. Get medical documents, like a doctor’s letter, to state that you are competent to make the decisions that you are establishing in your will.
3. Make sure you explain your decisions
Finally, make sure you explain the decisions that you’ve made to your loved ones before you pass away. Oftentimes, it’s the fact that people don’t know what to expect that ends up causing trouble. If you take the time to talk to your loved ones about why you’re leaving certain people particular assets, then you may clear the air and help them understand your choices.
Our website has more information about creating a will and what you should do if you want to prevent will contests. At the end of the day, this is your estate, and you have every right to decide how it will be distributed. Taking steps to prevent a will contest will help guarantee that your decisions are final.