Who can contest a Will?
Only a person with “standing” can contest a Will. This means the person must have a personal financial stake in the outcome. Examples of people with standing to contest a Will are:
- a child or spouse who was cut out of the Will
- a child who receives one third of the estate if a sibling receives two thirds,
- children who feel that the local charity should not get all the parent’s assets,
- anyone who was treated more favorably in an earlier Will.
Sometimes, there is a Will contest because someone wants a different person, bank, or trust company to serve as personal representative for the estate, or as a trustee of trusts created by the Will.