Video Blog: Will Contests – Who’s Who When Challenging A Will

Attorney Jeffrey P. Coleman describes who the key players are in a will contest case, such as the proponent, testator, decedent, and contestant.

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In a will contest case, the decedent is the person who is deceased.

That’s the person that we’re contesting the will over.

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The testator in a will contest case is typically the person that signed the last will and testament.

They are the deceased person about whose will we are contesting.

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The proponent in a will contest is the individual whose attorney is bringing that will to the court to have it admitted to probate.

They are seeking to have that will established as being the viable last will and testament of the deceased person.

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The contestant in a will contest is the individual who is seeking to have a will set aside.

In other words, someone has already brought a will to the court and suggested to the court the will should be admitted; and the contestant is seeking to tell the judge that for some reason or another the will that is being presented should not be admitted to probate.

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Typically the parties to a will contest will be the proponent- that’s the one that submits a particular will to the judge to have it admitted to probate and the contestant -the one who is seeking to have that will set aside for a variety of different reasons.

Those are the parties to a will contest.