Reducing The Confusion Of Multiple Wills

When more than one will exists, it can cause a lengthy and confusing legal puzzle for the decedent’s surviving loved ones. Which document is more recent? Which reflects the testator’s true intentions?Galloway and Collens, PLLC

These questions are ones that we encounter quite often at Galloway and Collens, PLLC. Our Detroit attorneys help clients including executors, administrators, beneficiaries and other interested parties who have run into the challenging issue of multiple wills. If you are sitting down to create your last will and testament, we will explain the consequences of having more than one will and whether it is in your and your inheritors’ best interests.

Michigan’s Process For Dueling Wills

A probate court must determine which of the existing wills is correct. Generally, the court will honor the more recent one. However, if the more recent will shows evidence of undue influence, fraud, testator incapacity or improper procedure, the court will likely disregard it in favor of another will. The process of determining the valid will can take months to years and often drains your resources significantly.

What If I Have More Than One Will?

People can have several motives for creating more than one will. For instance, addressing real estate properties in multiple states, taking advantage of tax incentives or creating a new one to replace their old one. If the drafting and structuring of your documents is not handled carefully by a lawyer, though, it can cause expensive red tape, family in-fighting and a very long probate period. If you decide to make a new will to supplant your old one, you need to follow certain steps to invalidate the first one you made. We will take care of all the procedures to ensure that, at the end of the day, you have a legally sound estate plan.

Make Sure You Have One Accurate Will

Whether you need to create a second will, override a previous will or figure out the valid copy of one or more wills, we can help you. If you are interested in scheduling a consultation with us, please call 248-284-1990 or send us an email.