After the loss of a loved one, a will is normally submitted to the state court for probate. Usually, the court administers the estate without much debate. The court reviews the validity of the will. Then estate assets are inventoried, liabilities paid and what remains is distributed to beneficiaries of the will according to its instructions.
Colorado individuals who are contemplating planning the disposition of their estates may feel that putting together a will or a trust is sufficient, but it may also be important to take steps to ensure it is less likely that those documents can be contested. Wills and trusts cannot be contested by just anyone. Only certain people may challenge the validity of these documents, and they can only do so under certain circumstances.
In a case that is garnering national attention, a granddaughter is battling her uncle for her inheritance from the late Hudson News founder Robert Cohen. The granddaughter alleges that her uncle, Robert Cohen's son, exerted undue influence over his father while the elder Cohen was sick. In the last months of his life, Robert Cohen had a neurological disease that left him unable to communicate clearly. The granddaughter argues that her uncle convinced the sickly man to give him part of the business, which eventually sold for over $800 million. She also states that her uncle manipulated Robert Cohen into adjusting his will and essentially eliminating her large inheritance.