My father passed away a yr ago. Before his death he was on home hospice and being given morphine by his wife. During this period his will was changed. Is it legal to change a will when the person is drugged? His wife is now refusing to allow me or my brother to see the will stating that it is "none of our business" Prior to this my dad told my brother and I that he was dividing assets between all grandchildren, they received nothing and we think it is suspicious.
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Wisconsin law requires that the original will be filed within a short time after death; see Section 856.05 of the Wisconsin Statutes for requirements and penalty. Because a court procedure is required it is recommended that you consult with an attorney as soon as possible. Faiulure to act timely may result in some sort of equitable estoppel, laches, ec. so do not set on rights. .
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Attorney Jinkins is correct. Please retain an attorney who can make sure that the will is properly filed with the probate court. Once it is there, it is a public record and can be reviewed by anyone.
As for whether it is "legal to change a will when a person is drugged," this depends on whether your father had testamentary capacity at the time of the signing of the document. The medical records would need to be reviewed, witnesses interviewed, etc. in order to determine whether the will could be challenged based upon a lack of testamentary capacity. Good luck to you.
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