Contested Probate

Contested Estate Planning Documents

Wills | Trusts | Powers of Attorney


An estate planning document may be contested for a variety of reasons:

  • There may be concerns that a beneficiary had undue influence over the deceased, or that the decedent made decisions or changes under duress from a potential heir
  • There may be concerns about the mental capacity of the deceased at the time the will was executed—the deceased may have been mentally unstable, suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s, or have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • There may be concerns about fraud or misrepresentation—the deceased may not have known what he or she was signing
  • The document may not have been legally executed—It may not have been properly signed or witnessed

If you have concerns about the validity and the circumstances surrounding the execution of an estate planning document, you want an experienced lawyer to protect your rights.

At the Law Office of Bonnie Lawston, P.C., we bring more than 20 years of experience to people throughout Suffolk County and Nassau County on Long Island. We have extensive trial experience and are never afraid to take your case to a judge and jury to get the outcome you want.

A breach of fiduciary duties can often lead to contested probate. For more information, visit our breach of fiduciary duties page.

Our Representation in Estate Contests

Though we will help you challenge the validity of a power of attorney and trust, we focus our practice on will contests. We’ll carefully gather and evaluate all evidence in your case, and will aggressively protect your interests in all hearings or proceedings.

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