Staunton & Harrisonburg Will Contest Lawyers

Our Will Contest Team:

Strong Representation From Experienced Will Contest Lawyers.

Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver’s will contest lawyers represent clients disputing or defending a will or trust. We work with individuals throughout Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro and Rockingham and Augusta Counties to provide unparalleled service and legal support during challenging times. Our clients know they can depend on our team to represent them and their best interests.

Disputing A Will

We represent clients contesting wills they believe to be fraudulent or mismanaged.

Defending A Will

We represent individuals accused of self-dealing and/or mismanaging wills.

Find Peace Of Mind With WAW.

There are many reasons why our community and clients choose WAW. Here are just a few:

  • Experienced Team

    Our clients can depend on our attorneys to bring their strong experience both in and out of the courtroom to the cases we litigate.

  • Diverse Practice Areas

    Our broad expertise ensures we can handle each element of complex and straightforward will contests for our clients’ peace of mind.

  • Respected Professionals

    Many of our attorneys have been selected as the Best Lawyers in America®. Our work speaks for itself, and we’ve built a strong reputation in our community.

  • We Know Our Local Courts

    After more than 150 years of legal work in the Shenandoah Valley, we know the major and minor players that can affect your legal outcome.

What Factors Are At Play When Contesting A Will?

Most people contesting a will file charges based on undue influence or lack of testamentary capacity. Both charges can be challenging to prove unless you’ve got experienced researchers, investigators and attorneys working on your case.

  • Undue Influence: Undue influence occurs when somebody helping another person with their estate planning influences the allocation and distribution of assets in a way that benefits them. Here are some examples of how these situations frequently present themselves:
    • Relationships With Skewed Power Dynamics: If there was a confidential or fiduciary relationship (like a Power of Attorney) between the two parties, undue influence might have been at play.
    • Compromised Mental Capacity: Undue influence can occur when an individual who created their will was experiencing mental challenges during that time period.
    • A Prior Will: A previous will can be used to challenge a new will if that first will shows different plans for the distribution of assets.
  • Lack of Testamentary Capacity: If a person has experienced cognitive impairment while crafting their will and testament, a court can determine they were not of right mind and invalidate their will. Here are some examples of how this situation can present itself:
    • Substance Misuse: If the individual was under the influence of alcohol, drugs or powerful medications when they wrote their will, a court could determine they lacked testamentary capacity.
    • Mental Illness: A documented mental illness can be a cause to invalidate a will if the illness could cause cognitive impairment.
    • Medical Complications: Medical conditions like Alzheimer’s, dementia, brain injuries, etc. can be factors that a judge considers when determining testamentary capacity.

Harrisonburg & Staunton’s Trusted Will Contest Lawyers.

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Use your voice and hire experienced will contest lawyers to represent your best interests.

Gain Peace Of Mind.