A will should not be something that you put together in a careless manner, rather a lot of thought should be put into it to ensure that your estate will go to the people you want it to. There are numerous cases in Florida where certain members of families are intentionally left out of a will, but they go to court to contest it. In some instances, the will was not properly drawn up, so it does not stand up in court.
Two daughters that may have intentionally been left out of a will are contesting it in court. The women are the daughters of the late James Brown. They say that their father never meant to leave them out of his will during the estate planning process, but that he was influenced by his trustees to do so. Needy children in the South were named as the beneficiaries of Brown’s $100 million estate.
The state Supreme Court recently ruled that a prior settlement was unjust. The court pointed to the fact that the daughters have not produced enough evidence to support their claim that their father would have included them in his will.
The two say that they are unsure if they will work towards another settlement at this point.
If you want to ensure that the people you choose will inherit your estate, speak with an attorney who is experienced in estate planning. A lawyer can help you draw up your will and make sure that all your i's are dotted and t's crossed.
Source: WISTV, “James Brown’s family reconsiders its handling of late singer’s estate,” May 30, 3013