Coercing the testator: If someone uses physical or emotional coercion to force the testator to sign a will that they would not otherwise have signed, this is a form of fraud that can invalidate the will.
If a will is found to have been made as a result of fraud, it will be treated as if it had never existed. This means that the estate will be distributed according to the rules of intestacy, unless there is another valid will in existence.
If you suspect that a will has been made as a result of fraud, it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible. A solicitor with experience in contentious probate cases can help you to gather evidence of fraud and advise you on the best course of action. They may suggest that you make an application to the court to have the will declared void and for the estate to be distributed in accordance with the rules of intestacy.
Creating a will is an important step in planning for the future. It allows you to choose how your assets will be distributed, can help to avoid family disputes, reduce estate taxes, name a guardian for your children, and provide peace of mind. But all these benefits will be for nothing if the will has been invalidated.
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