My Uncle left myself, my Sister and my Mother a certain asset many months before he became very sick. The day before he died, this girl ( his previous girlfriend/caregiver) brought her niece and nephew in to "witness" this signing. It was then notarized in the hospital. The previous day this same girl text me that he was basically gone, couldn't talk or understand much of what was going on around him. The same was said to my Mother. I'm not in it for the money, but if my Uncle thought enough of us being his only blood relatives left, then I would hope there is justice that could prevail somewhere in this story. His best friend of almost 40 years also stated the signature was unreadable.
My condolences for your loss.
The most effective strategy will be to retain counsel to probate the will. In the same proceeding the codicil can be attacked with the evidence described. If probate has already been opened, retaining counsel to participate and raise the issue of competence to execute the codicil would be wise. Counsel needs to locate the Notary and investigate the legality of those services.
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Situations like yours happen far too often. And I agree with the previous answer advising you to challenge the codicil in the probate court. Don't wait to consult an experienced probate lawyer in your uncle's state. Probate judges see these cases frequently and, I believe, are pretty good to sniff out the lies. But don't try to do this without a lawyer. Undue influence or fraud cases can be difficult, and your chances to succeed without one are small. Good luck to you.
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I also agree with the previous answers. In Washington you only have a limited time to contest a will or codicil so you need to move quickly. You woudl have to prove that he was either under duress or not competent to execute the codicil.
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