Probate Litigation

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Do You Have a Dispute Over a Will in New Jersey?

Disputes over wills and estate administration can be acrimonious and tear families apart. However, if there has been misuse of assets from an estate or undue influence in the creation of a will, then litigation becomes a necessary evil.

At the law firm of McHugh & Macri in East Hanover, New Jersey, we have been representing heirs, beneficiaries and executors in probate litigation for 38 years and our experience can often settle the acrimony.

Don McHugh and Vince Macri are two of only 450 attorneys nationwide who are certified in elder law (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation.

Types of Probate Litigation

The facts that create litigation during a probate proceeding usually involve events that happened before the deceased person died. The appointed power of attorney may have improperly handled funds or decided that the deceased "wanted them to have something extra" or a caretaker of an ill parent may decide they "deserve" or "are entitled to" more because of all the extra work they did. Someone may have unduly influenced the deceased or that person may have been incapacitated when they changed their estate plan or will

When Can a Will be Contested?

In New Jersey, a will can be contested if it was not properly executed, if the person lacked the legal capacity to do a new will, or if a person or caretaker exerted undue influence on the person to change the will in their favor. Time is of the essence if you need to contest a will.

An experienced probate litigator is essential to a successful outcome. Don McHugh and Vince Macri are two of only 450 attorneys nationwide who are certified in elder law (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation.

Free Lawyer Consultation

For a free initial consultation with one of our CELA partners, call 973-887-4254 or fill out the "Fee Free" contact form on this Web site.