Bay City, MI asked in Probate for Michigan

Q: If my parent died, did not specifically disinherit me from the will, but named the others, do I have grounds to contest?

My parent died last year, I was not informed about will or trust, I am not specifically disinherited from the will, but the other children are specifically mentioned. Do I have grounds to contest the will and/or entitled to any assets, or will I be turned down?

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Kenneth V Zichi
Kenneth V Zichi
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Fowlerville, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: There is a QUESTION, but nothing is guaranteed. I always advise people to SPECIFICALLY name someone they intend to disinherit just to avoid the ‘dad was getting old and just forgot’ argument to challenge the Will.

That’s exactly what You have here but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have solid grounds to prevail in a will contest.

Consult with a local attorney who will ask questions like ‘how large is the estate’ and ‘are there any medical records that imply dementia’ etc.

It all depends on whether or not a challenge makes sense.

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