My father and step-mother each have Wills naming the other as 100% beneficiary to their estate, and in case they are not survived by their spouse, I inherit all of their estate. They also each have a provision in their Wills that in the case they are not survived by their spouse, my step-mother's (estranged) natural son gets a small defined sum of money out of their estate. My father recently passed away and I am named as Executor. All the monies they owned were in joint accounts with rights of survivorship, so by default my step-mother became the only owner. My step-mother has advanced dementia and had granted my father a general durable POA with me as backup in the event he passes. Now that my father has passed away, my mother's natural son re-surfaced after 20+ years and is wanting to contest my father's Will naming me as Executor. He has never been in their lives and is only wanting money. My question is, does he have standing to contest my father's Will? Can he be considered an Interested Party even though the only provision in the Will that mentions him comes into play if his mother pre-deceases my father, which was not the case?
You are going to need a probate attorney representing you as executor and it is the advice of that attorney who will be important to you regarding your situation. Based on your limited facts, your step-mother's estate is the place for a contest to be filed because that is where the property ended up based on the survivorship arrangement and the fact she survived your father and would have taken allof his probate probate based on the terms of his will.
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