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Identifying interested parties when a will is contested

The question as to who is an "interested party" to an estate may become important in a Nevada will contest. The person who is contesting the will may not realize how many interested parties there could be since a person does not necessarily have to be listed in the will be to considered one.

While the list of interested parties includes these people, it also includes all the family members of the person who has died even if they are not in the will. Furthermore, if there was a previous will, beneficiaries from that document may be considered interested parties even if they are not due to inherit anything from the more current will that is in probate.

It is the petitioner's responsibility to identify interested parties as part of a will contest. The reason for this is that every interested party must be informed about the litigation and have the opportunity to become involved.

There are a number of reasons family members might challenge a will. They might argue that the testator was not of sound mind when making the will or that the terstator was unduly influenced by someone else. An example might be if a will is rewritten within a few months prior to a person's death to give all the person's assets to a caregiver or another party the person has only known for a short time. There may also be more complicated situations, such as blended families in which a relatively new spouse inherits all the assets and the children contest the will. A person might also contest a will after being disinherited. A person who is creating an estate plan and who is concerned about challenges to the will may want to speak to an attorney about how to reduce the likelihood of those challenges.

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