If you are in the process of drafting your will, it is probably very important to you to ensure that your assets and money are left to the people who you have chosen as your beneficiary. If you have reason to believe that someone in your family will attempt to contest the will, however, you might be worried about what will happen when you pass away. Luckily, there are a few steps that you can take to help ensure that your will won't be contested.
1. Have it Done While You're in the Right Frame of Mind
If you're in a good, solid mental frame of mind right now, now is the time to do your will. If you do your will when you are dealing with mental issues -- such as if you wait until later and are diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's disease -- then someone could contest your will and claim that you did not know what you were doing when you had it drawn up. This is why it is important to have it drawn up while you're in a good frame of mind. Plus, by doing so now, you can help ensure that you have a will in place in case you end up passing away prematurely.
2. Consider a Videotaped Will
Although it should still be written out on a legal document for convenience purposes, it's not a bad idea to consider a videotaped will. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, and even a smartphone can capture this footage for you. In your video, you can list who you would like to serve as your beneficiary for the various parts of your estate. If you would like to keep things short and sweet, you can simply record yourself stating that the information in your most recent will (make sure that you include the date) is accurate.
3. Get an Attorney Involved
Even though you can technically do your own will, it is never a bad idea to get an attorney involved. The attorney can go over any potential issues that you might be facing with your will and can ensure that it's written up properly. He or she can also serve as a witness and can keep a copy of your will on file.
These are three ways that you can help prevent your will from being contested. If you need additional guidance, consider meeting with an estate attorney like one from Leon J Teichner & Associates, P.C. to get answers to your questions.