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Hackensack Probate and Estate Litigation Lawyers

New Jersey Will Contest Lawyers

When a challenge to a will is made, litigation is sometimes unavoidable. The attorneys of Greenberg & Lanz can be there to protect the decedent's wishes and the rights of the heirs.

There are many reasons that family members and others challenge a will. We help clients who are involved in family disputes concerning:

  • Inheritance dispute between family members
  • Who will hold power of attorney or be named health care representative
  • Last minute changes to a will
  • Changes to a will when a person is very ill or while living in a health care facility

Estate Litigation: Protecting the Vulnerable

At Greenberg & Lanz, we repeatedly urge that planning is the best way to avoid family dispute issues. When the individuals are willing to engage in a comprehensive, strategic estate planning process, most, if not all, issues can be eliminated. We understand that this is not always possible. Often family members are trying to impose the solution that is best for them, not for the individual. We often receive referrals from doctors, social workers and other health care professionals who believe their patient needs to be protected from abusive family members regarding their assets and future care decisions.

Representative Examples of Our Work

  • One set of children held their parent against her will and refused to allow her to return to her home with another sibling. They were attempting to have the parent change her estate documents in their favor. Ultimately, this matter had to be litigated.
  • An elderly woman was suffering from dementia. One child insisted that the parent continue to live in her own home attended by an untrained attendant. On behalf of the other child, we were successful in forcing the replacement of the unqualified attendant with licensed and trained care givers.
  • Nieces and nephews of an older woman suffering from mild dementia removed her from her residence and then took her out of this country, all of this being against her will and part of an effort to separate the woman from her longtime companion whom the nieces and nephews disliked. Litigation we initiated on behalf of the companion resulted in having the woman returned to the U.S. and her relationship with her companion restored.

In many instances, litigated and not, we have dealt with questions of undue influence and the validity, or lack thereof, of wills, gifts and other transfers.

Protect Yourself and Your Family

If you are involved in a will contest or estate litigation, you need an experienced legal team that will keep your best interests in mind and protect your wishes. To discover how we can help you, speak with our Hackensack business law, litigation, life planning, estate planning, probate and estate administration lawyers. Call 201-487-7755 or contact us online for your convenience.