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It is difficult to bear the death of a family member or loved one, even if the death was expected after a long illness. The pain is even worse when you suspect that your loved one's will does not reflect his stated wishes or contradicts promises made to the family. No one wants to look heartless or greedy when a family member dies, but a suspicious last will and testament is not something you or your family should ignore because of tension or hurt feelings.
If you suspect that fraud or undue influence contributed to a last-minute change or an unexpected bequest in a will, respecting a mother's or father's last wishes may mean hiring an attorney to challenge the validity of the document. Or you may need a South Dakota probate lawyer to defend your relative's will against false claims.
With offices in Sioux Falls and Parker, South Dakota, the fast, adaptable, approachable, and professional lawyers at Zimmer, Duncan and Cole, LLP handle a range of cases including will contests.
Our attorneys understand the emotional difficulties involved in these cases and will work to spare your family the rancor and bitterness that may arise from contesting a will.
Wills can be contested or questioned for many reasons, including:
Our elderly relatives are especially vulnerable to scams and financial manipulation. This is a dangerous, non-physical form of elder abuse.
The firm of Zimmer, Duncan and Cole, LLP has an established reputation for winning cases in South Dakota. Our attorneys do not back down. We will go to court on your behalf if necessary.
Things to think about when making a will:
In order to avoid uncertainty about your own will, make sure you and your legal representative are familiar with the Uniform Probate Code and its terminology as it is used in South Dakota.
In addition to a Last Will and Testament, you may consider drafting a more detailed ethical will or legacy letter, which helps to ensure that your family and loved ones clearly understand your wishes and the reasoning behind your bequests.
You also have the option of leaving funds in a Revocable Living Trust, which allows you more control over the investments you leave to your beneficiaries. A trust is not considered part of the estate and does not have to go through the probate process upon your death.
Please call [1-877-336-1650, 605 361-9840, or 605 297-4446] or fill out our online contact form for a free consultation. You can also request our Free Reports for information you can use to help you decide if you need a South Dakota probate attorney's help.
Zimmer, Duncan and Cole, LLP is located in Sioux Falls and Parker, and serves all of South Dakota including the following counties, cities and towns:
Minnehaha County, Turner County, McCook County, Lake County, Brookings County, Davison County, Beadle County, Hutchinson County, Union County, Bon Homme County, Yankton County, Spink County, Hughes County and Stanley County.
Awarded: over $400,000 recovered back into Estate