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Disagreements over estate matters, including disputes over wills, can be extremely emotional and overwhelming for the parties involved. Not only are the parties dealing with the loss of a loved one, but they are also navigating multifaceted family dynamics that can further complicate an already challenging situation.
If you find yourself involved in a legal battle over the final wishes of a loved one, it is critical to obtain forward-thinking advice from a skilled and experienced estate litigation lawyer who can assist you in understanding your options and making informed decisions.
Arbesman Hamilton LLP and its predecessor firms have been assisting clients with all types of estate issues for over 60 years. Our trusted estate lawyers can guide you through this confusing time in your life, protect your legal rights and interests, and help you move forward after your loss.
Anybody with a financial interest in an estate can be a party to a will dispute, including beneficiaries, as well as those who believe they should have been named a beneficiary but were not. Most commonly, disputes over wills occur over either the amount of money a beneficiary is inheriting, or the actual will itself, including claims of forgery, undue influence, or lack of testamentary capacity.
Will disputes are on the rise, propagated by changing demographics such as an increase in blended families (with a corresponding increase in the number of prospective claimants to an estate), and an aging population (which increases the probability of potential issues such as a testator’s lack of testamentary capacity).
Will disputes often involve protracted litigation, and can become quite costly, ultimately decreasing the value of the estate that is to be distributed amongst beneficiaries following the resolution of the dispute.
The estate litigation lawyers at Arbesman Hamilton LLP regularly represent clients in common wills disputes, including:
Our lawyers understand that some estate disputes require skillful negotiation, whereas others may need a more powerful approach. We are committed to building strong relationships with each of our clients, understanding their personal needs and concerns, and keeping them fully informed throughout the duration of their matter. Our empathetic and compassionate approach provides our clients with the reassurance that their file is important and their needs will be well-represented.
Contact the experienced estate litigation lawyers at Arbesman Hamilton LLP in Toronto to learn how we can protect your interests and achieve the best possible resolution of your will dispute. Contact us online or at 416-481-5604 to book a consultation today.
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