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Will Contests

The Van Winkle Law Firm assists clients in resolving disputes where the validity of a will is in question. Our attorneys are involved in a variety of issues including determining the mental capacity of an individual when executing a will, determining undue influence of the descendant, fraud or duress in the execution of a will and determining whether proper formalities were followed when a will was signed.

The Van Winkle Law Firm offers an experienced team of estate planners and estate litigators to will contest cases and undertakes a thorough investigation of such matters. Our attorneys work with our clients to determine if early mediation or other alternative means of dispute resolution are appropriate in will contests. 

Practice Highlights

  • Successfully turned back a challenge to a will probated in Arizona, thereby preserving a substantial bequest to a non-profit in Western North Carolina.
  • Challenging a will that was executed by a mother shortly before her death that disinherited some of her children.
  • Use of mediation to resolve several will contests.