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Velella & Basso: New York Estate Litigation Attorney

It Pays to Hire the Best NY Estate Litigation Attorney.

New York Probate Attorney Velella & Basso

The best New York Estate Litigation Attorney knows there's no such thing as an airtight estate plan. Sometimes, the elderly trust people who don't have their best interests at heart. Then, innocent family can be disinherited. Indeed, Velella & Basso's Bronx, NYC, and Westchester Estate Litigation Lawyers see this sad story all too often.

Luckily, in The Bronx, NYC, and Westchester, an executor cannot distribute property without putting a Will through “probate.” That's the court process of “proving” or “validating” a Will. During probate, heirs or interested parties receive notice of the proceeding. Then, they have a chance to object to the Will being validated (this is called a "Will Contest"). 

Indeed, there are many reasons to stop a Will in New York Probate proceedings. Do you suspect your loved one signed a Will when she lacked mental capacity? Then, you should consult an Estate Litigation Attorney at Velella & Basso. Also, you should seek counsel if you believe a Will was signed under pressure by a beneficiary, or an outright forgery. Additionally, you should talk to us if a Will was not prepared by an attorney. That's because do-it-yourself Wills might not comply with New York law.

Those are just some of the ways you can legally invalidate a Will. Generally, you should listen to your instincts. If you were very close to the deceased, but did not receive what you expected, you might have a case.

Of course, if you're an executor of a Will, you will be playing "defense" against such claims. Then, you'll want to rely on a New York Estate Litigation Attorney who can guide you through probate.

So, you can see why hiring the best New York Estate Litigation Lawyer is crucial. If you are an executor or beneficiary in a contested Will, or if you suspect foul play is the reason you have been unexpectedly removed from a Will, call (718) 931-1220, or fill out the form on this page to schedule a free consultation.

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