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Bronx Will Contest

Results-Oriented Law Firm for Will Contests in the Bronx

The Bronx has a population as of 1,332,650 as of 2010. It is considered the most diverse area in the United States, and it is densely populated with 31,709.3 people per square mile. It’s estimated there are 463,212 households. 61.9% of these households did not have children under the age of 18 living there. The median age was 31 years old. Around 10.6% of the population in the area is ages 18-24. Around 30.7% are ages 25-44. Those aged 45-64 make up 18.8% of the population. Those 65 or older make up 10.1% of the population. Those who are at least age 18 in New York should consider making a will. Unfortunately, when a will is not drawn up by experienced counsel, it is more likely to be contested by family members or beneficiaries of earlier wills. Whether you need to contest a will, or are the beneficiary of a will being contested, you should call the experienced Bronx estate litigation attorney Jules Haas. He has more than three decades of experience handling will contests. He represents those who need to file will contests, as well as proponents of wills and nominated executors who hope to uphold a will.

Will Contests in the Bronx

Will contests are proceedings brought by those who have standing, or an appropriate relationship to the decedent and the testamentary instrument to challenge it. You would have standing and have valid grounds to file a will contest, if you have a pecuniary interest in a decedent’s estate. This means you can file if you are an heir of the decedent under New York intestacy laws; these are laws that govern the disposal of a decedent’s property when he or she doesn’t leave a will. You can also file if you’re a beneficiary who would receive less under the will that’s being probated than if there were no will. Our attorneys will not only need to establish standing, but also that you have legal grounds to file an objection with the Surrogate’s Court to stop the will from being probated. We may be able to pursue a will contest based on grounds such as revocation, failure to follow formalities, undue influence, or fraud, among other reasons.

If you don’t have an interest in the will that’s related to money, you’d only be able to object to the appointment of the named executor if you are alleging that he or she was named because of undue influence or fraud. You won’t be able to contest other will provisions.

Failure to Follow Formalities

Wills must follow certain formalities to be valid and subject to probate. When a testator, the person making the will, does not follow these formalities, our Bronx estate litigation lawyers can file a will contest to try to invalidate the will provisions. Among other requirements, the decedent must have had what’s called testamentary capacity; in other words, to make a valid will, he should have known the nature and consequences of executing the will, the nature of the property specified in the will, and the natural objects of his bounty and his relationships with them. Will contests may be brought where, for instance, a testator had Alzheimer’s when making the will, and therefore didn’t remember family members or have testamentary capacity to make it.


Over the course of a decedent’s lifetime, he may have had many fluctuations in his relationships and closeness not only with his friends, but also his family. Sometimes people make several different wills over the decades of their adult lives based on these relationship changes. Accordingly, it may be appropriate for our Bronx estate litigation lawyers to file a will contest where we can prove that the decedent revoked the will that was submitted to probate and made a different, later one that is valid and should be probated instead.

Undue Influence and Fraud

There are, unfortunately, situations in which a person in whom the testator places trust, betrays him and exerts undue influence over the testator to coerce him to change the terms of a will. For example, if your second cousin was the live-in caregiver of your grandfather in the Bronx and she isolated him and falsely criticized you and your sibling in order to get him to disinherit you and leave her everything, you may have grounds to file a will contest on grounds of undue influence. In this situation, the court would look at how many, if any family members, had access to your grandfather, the testator, around the time the will was being made, and knew about the will, as well as how reasonable the altered will provisions were and whether your grandfather was in deteriorating health.

Consult a Seasoned Bronx Estate Litigation Lawyer

Much may be at stake in Bronx will contests. They should be handled with care, sensitivity, and knowledgeable strategy. Call Jules M. Haas now for a free confidential review of your case at (212) 355-2575 or contact him through our online form. We have more than thirty years of experience providing personal representation and offer a reasonable and flexible fee arrangement.

Client Reviews
I am very grateful to Mr. Jules Martin Haas attorney of law in New York. I am from Buenos Aires Argentina. He managed with expertise a very difficult situation. of a complicate heritage from my aunt Anna Grodzka that lived and died a very long time ago in New York. I recommend him not only for his extraordinary knowledge but also for his kindness. Irma CW Peusner
I found Mr. Haas after being misguided by a former attorney. Mr. Jules Haas took our case which involved an estate/trust dispute. What initially seemed like an impossible and overwhelming legal fight was now in the hands of someone who had the integrity and legal expertise to win our case. Mr Haas' attention to detail and his expert knowledge base, skillfully and successfully guided us through an intricate legal process. I am very thankful and grateful to Mr. Jules Haas for representing our interest and ultimately winning. Bringing about a peace of mind we needed. Thank You Devida Nedd
I was in need of a guardianship attorney and I hired the services of Jules M. Haas' Law firm. The service of counselor Haas and his staff, was very profesional and the case was handled in a timely matter. I would strongly recommend his services Angel Guevara
I strongly recommend Jules Haas. I have worked with him for two years and he has provided so much support and followed through with everything he promised he would do. His support staff is just as helpful! We had an interesting case and he helped to solve each part of it legally and was very thorough. Thank you for everything you have done to finalize our families estate Robyn Stafford
Jules Haas helped me with managing the process in probate court for my father's estate through to its completion upon the sale of my father's house. He was knowledgeable, efficient, and effective in submitting documentation to the probate court, explaining procedures to me, and advising me as to the progress of my case. His support staff was also very helpful. He made what for me created so much anxiety into something manageable where I could see progress every step of the way. His fees were very reasonable. I am super grateful to him for all the help he has provided and strongly recommend his services. Diana Janer
I just completed an estate transaction where Jules Haas represented my client in an estate and he did a great job! He was very quick at responding to all matters throughout the sale process, he was detailed, he was knowledgeable and he was a pleasure to work with. I just recommended him to some new clients who are going through an estate matter and will continue to recommend him. Rodolfo Lucchese