Portland Will Contest Law Firm
If you are involved in a dispute over the distribution of assets under a will, known as a “will contest,” you want an experienced attorney to protect your rights. Whether you are the executor, administrator or personal representative, or you are an heir or potential heir challenging the will, you want a lawyer who understands the law and process, one who has successfully helped others in similar situations.
At the Mead Law Firm P.C., we bring more than 25 years of experience to people throughout Portland and the Willamette Valley of Oregon, including individuals involved in will contests. We offer large law firm experience in a small office setting, emphasizing personal service and attention with each of our clients. When you hire us to represent you in a will contest, you will work directly with a lawyer throughout the process. We understand how important it can be to talk with your attorney and work hard to be accessible whenever you have questions or concerns.
Experienced Counsel in Will Contests
We will protect your rights in litigation involving a challenge to a will. We handle claims involving allegations that a will is invalid for any of a number of reasons, including:
- Lack of capacity by the deceased. If you can show that the person executing the will was not of sound mind at the time the will or codicil (an amendment to a will) was executed, you may be able to have the will thrown out. A person may lack capacity because of age, mental illness or injury, or the influence of drugs or alcohol. If the will is held to be invalid, a prior will may go into effect. If there are no valid prior wills, the property will generally pass under state laws. If there are no heirs, the estate will go to the State.
- Fraud, misrepresentation, undue influence or duress. If you can show that the decedent included provisions in the will because of fraud, misrepresentation, undue influence or duress by anyone, including a friend, family member, health care provider or other person, the will may be determined to be invalid.
- Lack of proper formalities. To be valid, a will must meet the requirements of any state law. Any violation of the state statutes governing wills may be grounds to void the will.
Contact Portland Will Contest Attorney George Mead
To set up a private meeting, contact us or call our offices at 503-214-2712 (toll-free at 888-328-1440). We offer extensive arbitration experience and can help you determine whether there are alternative means of dispute resolution other than probate litigation.