There are times when loved ones may suspect estate plan forgery or undue influence when a will is created. This isn’t uncommon, but there is a difference between suspicion and actual proof. If you suspect your loved one’s will was the result of undue influence, you’ll want to follow these steps for recognizing it and resolving it.
Understanding Emotional Reactions
The death of a loved one is an emotional roller coaster. You’ll have a lot to deal with emotionally and financially after they’ve passed. Often you can feel confused, helpless and even betrayed by the world. These negative feelings often pour over into the will. When you hear about how your loved one has divided his or her assets and distributed them, you may think it’s unfair or not understand his or her motives. But, is your suspicion the result of emotional stress or do you really feel like the will was divided in a way your loved one never would have selected on their own?
Speaking to Your Attorney
If you feel the will has been tampered with or forged, you can’t deal with the situation alone. Instead, you need to contact a trusted third party (preferably an estate or probate specialist) who can help you review the will and offer unbiased advice. This individual can review the will objectively and assess your concerns.
The reality of the situation is that will forgery and undue influence are quite rare. Regardless of what you see in Hollywood, most wills are legitimate and suspicions are more emotional than anything else. Meeting with an attorney can help you determine this.