Wills are not contested anywhere near as often as media reports might indicate, it has been suggested.
According to the Pocono Record, while will disputes involving celebrities and rich people often appear in the news, experts say in general they are not very common.
Todd Williams, a specialist in this area, told the news source that people often decide against contesting a will "when they find out what it requires".
Meanwhile, William Reaser, another authority on the subject, explained that as long as the will is drafted properly, any moves to dispute them are likely to fail.
"I think you'll probably see a properly prepared will is going to prevail," he remarked. "There's a pretty high burden to have a will thrown out."
At the end of last month, Kathleen Banse wrote for the San Antonio Express News that regardless of wealth, it is important for everyone to leave a will behind.
Published on: July 8, 2009