Because people are living so long, and often have some form of dementia at the end of life, cases such as this are increasingly common. There is no solution except to retain the services of an expert probate lawyer who is also willing to become involved in a contested proceeding ... which many probate lawyers will not. By law, the Will can be invalidated if the elder person was (a) not competent to make a Will or (b) was under the "undue influence" of someone who caused them to change their previous Will. You must remember that the decision is based not on what actually happened, but on what can be proven. Therefore you will need witnesses and medical records as to the elder's condition, the belief she had regarding the son's activities and that that belief was a product of the influence of the daughter. It is doable, but possibly quite expensive, to engage in probate litigation of this nature. The first step is to sit down for a consultation with an appropriate expert attorney, preferably one who practices in your county and knows the judge and procedures in your court.
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Wow I had a case a few years ago and the Will was done in Alliance. Sister got away with robbing my Client by bullying the mother into signing a trust/will. The mother realized we had recordings saying she didn't know what she'd done etc. She literally died the day that she was going to have things switched waiting to see an attorney.
I bring this up as while I somehow got it resolved for my Client. That another firm told him they couldn't help seriously prejudiced. If this is being probated, you need a probate attorney NOW. There is a 3 month window to file a complaint under statute. Your attorney while figure out strategy.
My Client sent a letter to the Court, that was all we had, why we could not challenge despite how compelling the voicemails were. I would contact a Probate attorney if this is being probated NOW.
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Your facts are classic under influence. You need to sit down with the Probate litigator and go over the details so they can evaluate the merits of the claim.
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