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Hello again. Ok, as far as a cost to contest the Will it depends on the grounds for why you believe the Will is invalid. The reasons people contest a Will are usually, the person was not competent when they executed the Will, the person was under duress or coercion, or the Will was not properly executed. What grounds are you seeking in this case?
You are not required to hire an attorney, but if you want to contest the Will, it is highly advisable that you hire one because of the complexity of the matter. I have never heard of an attorney who takes on a Will contest based on getting a portion of the estate.
No problem, I can give you examples. First, a person may contest the Will if they believe the person was incompetent when they executed the Will. Basically they did not meet the mental capacity to understand what they are signing. An example is someone who has Alzheimer's or severe dementia.
Another way to contest the Will is if the Will was not executed properly. For instance, depending on what state the Will is created, let's say there is a requirement of 3 witnesses in order for the Will to be valid. If the will only had 2 witnesses, then you could contest the Will for not being executed properly.
Another way to contest the Will is if you believe the individual was under undue influence, meaning someone influenced them on the terms of the Will. Many times you see this when someone has 3 children; however, the Will leaves money to only 1 child and leaves the other two out.
Here are the requirements of a valid Will in Georgia:
Capacity to Make a Will
Absence of Duress or Coercion
Signed by, or at the direction of, the maker of the will
A Notary is not Required; Self-Proving Affidavit
Of course no problem. Please let me know if you have an additional question or need clarification.