How difficult is it to contest a will for undue influence in Pennsylvania?

Asked about 1 year ago - Wilmington, DE

My uncle who was never married or had children had his will changed 20 months before his death and left everything to one of his nephews and his nephews wife. This nephew lived on an adjoining rural property to my uncle. My uncle had very little positive to say about this nephew and continually expressed a dislike for the nephew's wife. The new will reads that in the event his nephew were to predecease him, everything would go to the nephew's wife. The family has a hard time believing this is what my uncle wanted. The last year of his life as my uncle's health was declining, the nephew did run errands for my uncle for which he received monetary compensation. This nephew was also power of attorney and executor of the estate.

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  1. Christian K. Lassen II

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    Answered . It's not easy. I'm handling the 3rd largest will contest in the history of the US, the 500m du Pont estate for the last 2 years.

  2. Steven M Zelinger

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    Answered . It is always difficult to prove undue influence regardless of the state. You have to ask yourself what evidence you have of the undue influence. Was the most recent will drafted and handled by an attorney? Did the nephew draft it and put it in front of him? Was anyone else present? Was there a mental exam near the time of the signing? You should hire an attorney or have a consultation to explore your options but be forewarned it can be a difficult road and one that involves out of pocket legal fees if you lose.

    This is not legal advice nor intended to create an attorney-client relationship. The information provided here is... more

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