How to reduce the risk of an estate plan challenge

On Behalf of | Apr 29, 2024 | Estate Planning

As you create your estate plan, are you worried about some of your family members or friends contesting it? If so, then you may want to take additional steps to protect your estate and your plan for your assets. Otherwise, probate litigation can be costly to your estate, create infighting amongst your loved ones, and lead to disastrous outcomes that you never wanted.

How can you protect your estate plan’s legal validity from being challenged?

With some thoughtful preparation, you can significantly diminish or even eliminate the risk of your estate plan being challenged in probate court. Here are some effective ways to do that:

  • See your doctor shortly before executing you will and other documents so that you can have a professional signify that you possessed mental clarity at the time.
  • Utilize a no contest clause that essentially disinherits anyone who tries to challenge the validity of your estate planning documents.
  • Create a letter of instruction that specifies why assets are being passed down in a certain way, which will give clarity to your loved ones and concretely state your justifications.
  • Record the execution of key estate planning documents to demonstrate your mental capacity and the voluntariness with which you sign off on those documents.
  • Keep intended beneficiaries out of the process as much as possible to avoid the appearance of undue influence.
  • Use estate planning vehicles that allow you to bypass the probate process.

Know how to fully protect your estate

Creating an effective estate plan requires a lot of planning and knowledge of the law. While that might leave you feeling a little overwhelmed, you should take comfort knowing that there are ample resources and plenty of help out there that you can secure to assist you along the way. That way you can rest assured that you’ve created the plan that’s right for you, your assets, and your loved ones.