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Court Rules on Case with Multiple Wills


The issues being raised in this estate case have two aspects. One issue talks about the objection of probate on the last will and testament of the deceased. Another issue raised on the case was whether the main executor of the will had the right to request for discovery proceeding concerning the property owned by another party.

Before the writer of the will and testament passed away, he drafted an instrument which states that all his property should go to his niece. The niece named on the will becomes in effect the executor of the will.

A few months after the drafting of the first instrument, the decedent had allegedly turned over a deed of one of his real properties to another party other than his niece by marriage. However on the same day, the decedent drafted an instrument and identified it as his last will and testament. According to that instrument, it would revoke or reverse all wills drafted prior to the recent one. This includes the first draft that named his niece the sole executor of his estate.

Westchester County Probate Lawyers commented that the recent will before the decedent pass away, he named the other party, the one who had the deed to his property, as an alternate beneficiary of all his assets. The different between the first and recent testament was the inclusion of the respondent as one of the beneficiaries.

The niece petitioned for a probate on the recent will executed by the deceased. The respondent had requested the surrogate court to change the date of the instrument to match the date in which she received the deed of the property from the then decedent. The niece objected to the execution of the second instrument.

According to a New York Probate Lawyer, the petitioner has been named the main executor of the testament. In this regard, the petitioner asserted that the respondent had in her possession cash, house furnishings, car and income from real property. The respondent refused to turn over the said assets belonging to the deceased.

The petitioner also indicated in her objection that the real property of the deceased was illegally acquired by the respondent on the same day the latest version of the will and testament was granted. In connection with the matter, the petitioner has also asked the court to inquire about the other properties that the respondent might still have that belonged to the deceased. The respondent has denied all the accusations made against her and challenged the petitioner that she had no probate case.

The law states that any individual who shows interest in the properties of the decedent will be affected when the will is subjected to probate. The interested person can object to this event. There is an exception to this provision in which the entitlement of property will not be revoked by another instrument. The same person will not be allowed to file any objection to the probate unless the court grants it.

In general, the niece in this case will not get anything from the estate if the will and testament of the deceased will be admitted to probate. The only exception to this law is when the same person is interested in a previously drafted will and the recent instrument is not admitted for probate while the recent one is accepted, that person will receive more from the properties in question.

Long Island Probate Lawyers said that according to the provisions of the law, an individual cannot file for an objection if he is not the receiver or the distributee of the properties. Therefore, the court has decided to go on with the probate of the estate. The petitioner’s objections are also denied.

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