As our Maryland readers may already know, creating a will is a common way to pass on property to loved ones. However, what if after a person dies it comes to light that the person had created more than one will?
A situation in which there are multiple wills can quickly lead to probate litigation, as the individual's family members may fight over which version of the will is the valid one. Although there are many factors that will go into determining which of multiple wills will take effect, wills generally can contain language revoking any previous wills that may have been drafted. If this is the case, the most recent one will generally be considered valid. That being said, all possible wills need to be submitted to the Register of Wills office.
If there is a dispute as to whether a will is valid or not, the party contesting the validity of the will can challenge it through caveat proceedings. But, there is a certain timeframe in which a will can be challenged, so it is important to act promptly.
Will contests in Maryland are not always straightforward. There are many important factors to consider when it comes to interpreting a will. Since the information in this post is only general in nature, if a person believes that a will should be deemed invalid, it may be useful to get more information about how to go about challenging it. Such a challenge may need to involve courtroom litigation in Maryland.