I would like to contest a will.
I am not licensed in Michigan but in my experience, attorneys will only take a case on contingency where victory is almost guaranteed - examples are personal injury or medical malpractice cases.
In all other cases, a client is expected to pay. I have no idea of the facts and circumstances on which your will caveat would be based or the likelihood of success or how much you would statnd to inherit iif the will cavbeat is successful.
Litigation in general is very very expensive. So, you had better be certain that you have concrete evidence or that you will stand to gain substantially by getting the will thrown out.
And even if you have a good case and a lawyer will agree to take the case on contingency, the lawyer may want a larger percentage of any recovery. They may also ask you to foot the bill for some of the expenses - depositions, filing fees. These are generally separate from the attorney fees.
What I would suggest you do is take the will and any other supporting documents to a probate litigation attorney who practices in the county/state where the estate is pending or administered. Pay the attorney to review the documents and give you an opinion as to the likelihood of success and estimated cost for a caveat. You can ask the lawyer if they will consider a contingency fee, but my guess is that most lawyers will not in this situation.
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Ms Hunter as always offers great insight and information. If you have what you think is a valid contest you need to meet with an estate litigation attorney to see if it is worth pursuing. The facts, circumstances and evidence are what needs to be explored. These are hard cases to win, but not impossible. As a result, you will be hard pressed to find an attorney who will do it on a contingent basis. Mr. Frederick is an excellent MI attorney and he regularly answers questions here at Avvo. You would be well served to touch base with him.
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