The death of a loved one often causes conflict among those who have survived the deceased, with those believing they have been robbed of their inheritance taking issue with the beneficiaries in the deceased’s will and insurance policies. When these conflicts arise, the insurance companies that owe a benefit to the listed beneficiaries will normally leave the dispute up to the court after the policy payout is placed into a trust controlled by the state court. The Chicago beneficiary dispute attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help you defend your claim or recover compensation you are entitled to in the event that others attempt to take what is rightfully yours.
The Will of the Deceased May Not Always be Final
In most cases, insurance companies pay a benefit to the designated beneficiary upon the policyholder’s death and his or her assets are divided according to the wishes stated in a will. This will provides a way for people to put any arguments to rest over how his or her family should split the inheritance so that there are no conflicts over financial assets and property. Unfortunately, there can be disputes over whether the will of the deceased may be followed. Following are some of the most common reasons for dispute.
- If the deceased made changes to the will shortly before his or her death, claimants may argue that the changes were not done with a sound mind or that the primary beneficiary forced or coerced the deceased into making the changes.
- If the deceased had recently been married, divorced or had multiple spouses in his or her lifetime, the spouses and children may file a dispute if the will was not updated properly.
- If the beneficiary was in some way responsible for the deceased’s death, whether accidental or otherwise.
- If there was no beneficiary on the policy, meaning that the estate needed to be divided among all of the surviving relatives.
- If the percentages of the estate given to beneficiaries conflict or do not add up properly.
- If multiple beneficiaries are listed, but there is no clarification on how the assets are to be divided.
- If the changes made to the will were not made in the proper fashion, claimants may argue that the changes made were null and void.
- If there was a murder-suicide that resulted in a dispute between parties from both estates over how the assets were to be divided between the surviving members of each party.
Protecting you From Inheritance Fraud
There are numerous methods in which people may attempt to defraud a person or family out of an inheritance. In some cases, the deceased may have recently married and the spouse coerced him or her into changing the will in order to gain a benefit. Other cases may involve caregivers threatening or abusing the victim in order to force him or her to amend the will. The state of mind your loved one in may make him or her a potential victim as well, such as if he or she was suffering from dementia, senility or impaired judgement.
Protecting Your Claim during a Dispute
You may become the subject of a dispute if you are the listed beneficiary and others who feel entitled to your loved one’s assets don’t feel that you deserve or have a right to them. If this is the case, it is important to be able to defend your claim and ensure that your loved one’s wishes are followed per his or her will. Only a qualified and experienced inheritance law attorney can protect your rights and interests when your inheritance is being disputed by quarreling family members.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers may be able to help you, whether you are defending your claim from others who are disputing it, or if you feel that your loved one was defrauded by another person who acted in a predatory manner in order to claim what really belonged to you and the rest of your family. Our personal injury law firm has provided award winning legal services to thousands of clients with cases similar to your own and our extensive knowledge and experience will give you the best chance of success with your claim.
Contact us today to arrange a free consultation with one of our highly qualified Chicago inheritance dispute attorneys. We will gather all of the information we need to investigate your claim and review your legal options with you so that you know exactly what you can expect and how we would proceed with your case. Our attorneys work solely on a contingency fee basis, so you are assured that you will only be required to pay a fee after we have been able to secure compensation on your behalf. If we fail to do so for any reason at all, our services will be free of charge.