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Nassau County Will Contest

Nassau County Will Contest Lawyer

Nassau County is located on western Long Island in New York. Its population was roughly 1,390,907 in 2021. The median household income in the same year was $120,036. The county seat is Mineola. Outside of New York City, the county is the second-most populous one in the state. It is also one of the highest-income counties in the country. Nassau County residents, like people everywhere, should make wills to ensure that their property is distributed according to their wishes after they pass. Retaining a lawyer can help ensure the appropriate legal formalities are followed in creating the will. This can reduce the chances of a will contest being brought. However, will contests are filed for a host of reasons, and even wills created by lawyers are sometimes challenged. Sometimes the challenge is from a disinherited family member, while in other cases, a friend finds himself receiving an interest in the decedent’s estate that is smaller than what the decedent had said it would be. Experienced Nassau County will contest attorney Jules M. Haas represents proponents of wills, nominated executors, and those who wish to challenge wills. With forty years of experience, he is a dedicated and tenacious advocate for his clients and works to determine the strongest available strategy to pursue their goals.

Call a Nassau County Will Contest Attorney

A will contest is a type of estate litigation through which a party with standing may be able to challenge the validity of a will. Parties have standing when they have a pecuniary interest or monetary interest in a will. You can object to a will, for example, if you were an heir under a prior will and are receiving less under the new will.

When Do You Have Legal Grounds to Contest a Will in Nassau County?

Legal grounds under which your attorney can contest a will in which you have a pecuniary interest include improper execution, revocation, incapacitation, lack of testamentary capacity, fraud, and undue influence. Each of these requires proof of different elements. There are situations in which we may be able to assert multiple legal grounds to bring the will contest.

Suppose, for example, your father began to suffer from dementia and after you put him in a nursing home, he made a new will and named a staff member at the nursing home the sole beneficiary of his will. Under those circumstances, we might bring a will contest on the basis of lack of testamentary capacity, undue influence, and fraud. The will contest procedure would then allow us to seek more information over the course of formal discovery to bolster your case. Discovery is the procedure by which each party to litigation can obtain documents and testimony in order to find relevant evidence for judicial proceedings.

To establish that the decedent had a lack of testamentary capacity, we’d need to prove he did not understand the will submitted to probate and its consequences, along with the extent of his property, and whether he knew who the natural objects of his bounty were. Generally, for example, the natural object of the decedent’s bounty would be a spouse or child.

Sometimes others purposefully try to confuse and mislead someone who is vulnerable. Suppose, for example, your mother died and left a vacation home to her other two children from a later marriage. If you discovered that they had knowingly lied and told your mother you defrauded her in connection with a family business in order to get the vacation home for themselves, you might have a claim to contest the will on the grounds of fraud.

Consult a Seasoned Nassau County Will Contest Lawyer

When a will contest is successful, the will may be invalidated in part or in its entirety. Give seasoned Nassau County will contest attorney Jules M. Haas a call if you need to challenge or defend a will against which objections have been filed. Mr. Haas has more than forty years of experience and may be able to represent you. Professional guidance is essential to obtaining the best possible outcome in these sensitive matters. Contact us through our online form or at (212) 355-2575. We provide clients with representation under reasonable and flexible fee arrangements.

Client Reviews
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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