Will Contests

Rick Moore has over twenty-five years experience as a trial lawyer and has litigated many trusts and will contests. We know how to win these cases. The most important aspect in winning is thoroughness in preparation. Rick Moore also, unfortunately, has personal experience in these kinds of cases and was involved in two painful and separate court contests involving his mother’s and aunt’s estates. We know that these cases can be painful and full of stress as they involve relatives and tend to become very emotional. We are here to help you get through this difficult time with as little stress as possible, and to help everyone to move on with their lives. In matters involving contested wills or trusts, it is best to get the case finished as quickly as possible, and we are ready and able to help you to do just that.

First, it is important to get together all former versions of any wills and trusts, and the most current versions available. Also, please bring any medical records because they are important in determining the deceased person’s mental and emotional ability to make a valid will or trust. This is often the issue in most contested will cases: did this person have the ability to make a new will, and did he intend to do so? Medical records and copies of the previous versions of the will help our attorneys and the court to determine this.

You should also write a brief narrative describing who, what, when, where and why things happened. Take your time, and use as many details as you can remember. Include the names of any witnesses you can remember, and their contact information if you have it. This will help frame the theory of the case and will help your lawyer save you time and money in legal fees. It will also give us a place to start in explaining your options to you and in deciding how to go forward with your claim.

We understand that dealing with a court case is the last thing you or your family want to do in this difficult time, and will work hard to relieve as much of the stress as we can as well as getting results that are fair and are what the person who wrote the will really intended.