Being left out of a will can be a tough experience, and it can feel like the world is against you. Whether intentional or accidental, it can be challenging to come to terms with the reality of being passed over. Fortunately, there are options available that can help you cope and move forward.
Here are a few things you can do if left out of a will.
Understand your rights
It’s important to know your rights when it comes to wills and inheritance. In some cases, if you were financially dependent on the deceased, you may have the right to challenge the will, especially if you suspect foul play.
Some of the common grounds for contesting a will include:
- Testator’s lack of mental capacity
- Undue influence during the creation of the will
- Improper execution of the will
However, remember that you will bear the burden of proof. This means you’ll have to prove to the court that the will doesn’t represent the testator’s wishes.
Talk to family and friends
Talking to family and friends can be beneficial if you struggle to understand the situation. They are often the best source of insight into the motives of the deceased and can provide a listening ear and advice to help you cope with your emotions.
Take care of yourself
Focusing on your physical and mental health is essential after being excluded from a will. Take the time to do things that make you feel relaxed and fulfilled, like reading, meditating, exercising or spending time with family and friends. Allowing yourself to process your emotions and thoughts can help you heal and find the strength to move forward.
Being excluded from a will can be a challenging experience, but there are ways to cope with the hurt and move forward. If you suspect that the will doesn’t represent the true wishes of your loved one, it would be best to seek legal guidance before you contest the will.