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Experienced Lawyer Resolving Will Contests Around The Tampa Bay

At the Law Offices of Mitchell A. Sherman, Esq., I have represented personal representatives and family members in will disputes since 1992. I understand how personal and emotional a will contest can be for everyone involved. I personally handle every part of your case and work hard to resolve the dispute with as little rancor and cost as possible.

When And Why Can A Will Be Contested?

Generally, if the deceased left behind a will, the probate judge will accept it. But if somebody can present compelling evidence that the will is invalid, the judge will consider it and could invalidate it. Reasons to challenge a will include:

  • The testator (the person who signed the will) lacked the capacity to understand its terms when they signed it. This could be due to dementia, brain damage, mental illness or similar factors.
  • The testator was under undue influence when they signed it. This is when someone else manipulates, pressures, tricks, or threatens the testator into signing. In other words, the testator did not choose to sign of their own free will.
  • The will and/or its signature is a forgery.
  • There is more than one will and disagreement about which one is valid.

Determining if a will is invalid is often challenging. As an estate administration attorney with more than 30 years of experience, I know how to build a case based on the evidence and work toward a fair conclusion to a will contest.

Who Can Contest A Will In Florida?

Only a family member, beneficiary of a trust, creditor or someone with a property claim against the estate can make a will challenge. Whether you are challenging the will or are the personal representative defending it, I am here to represent you. Challenging or defending a will on your own can be very tough. A seasoned attorney on your side can make all the difference.

Talk With Me About Your Will Controversy

To schedule a free virtual initial consultation with me, please call 727-616-0365 or use this form to email me. We will discuss your case confidentially and your options moving forward. I charge my clients a flat fee, not an hourly rate, so they always know what they are paying.