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Probate is a process that, depending on your circumstances, can go by without pain. Communication that is clear and making an estate plan that is concise before death may have everything attended to before you know it.

With life events like the passing of a loved one, though, there can be a lot of moving parts. Any one of the hitches and this process grinds to a halt. One of the quickest ways to slow things down is when someone contests the probate.

Reasons for contesting probate

A contested claim on a probate occurs when one party believes that the division of assets is incorrect. This is broad and so can occur for many reasons. Perhaps an heir believes an asset is rightfully theirs. Even claims over a forged will can stand as grounds to contest the process. Contesting a probate is your legal tool to maintain a fair division of assets.

Making the process easier

Whether you are the one contesting the process or you find yourself in the middle of a probate contest between a family member and the courts, it may be in everyone’s best interests to bring in help. Probate may appear complicated depending on how large the estate is, how state lines affect dividing it, and especially when it’s under contest. Having clear communication before your loved one’s death can save you and your family time. In the middle of a post-funeral fight, it may be best to leave it to the courts and lawyers that can look at the facts objectively.

Make this process easier and you may make the grieving process easier in kind.