Contesting a will in Ohio is the process of questioning the status and legal relevance of a will. This might be done by arguing that the deceased person was not in their right mind when they wrote it or that they were under pressure and duress to write that version of the will in a certain way. One of the key aspects of contesting a will is determining the interested parties who are able to dispute it.
Interested parties for a will
It is critical for both the person contesting the will and the person defending the will to know all of the potentially interested parties. This is because they are legally required to be notified of any action regarding contesting the will so that they can get involved if they want to. There is a potentially long list of interested parties because a contested will can be totally reopened to all potential parties.
Everyone mentioned in a will is an interested party in addition to all family members of the deceased person. On top of that, if there was a previous version of a will, then everyone who was a beneficiary of that will is also an interested party during a contest of the current will.
Probate litigation can surprise people with how many potential parties are involved when a will is contested. On top of that, the will contest process can lead to all kinds of outcomes, not just what the parties trying to contest the will want or expect.
Contesting a will can result in an unexpected division of property, which is why all of the parties have to be notified of the process. This is why the probate process can sometimes be lengthy.