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What do I do about a forged will?

My cousin has recently moved in with our grandmother, supposedly to help her out, I have never trust him, he is one of those people who is very self-centered and never does anything unless he benefits in some way. I recently helped grandma clean out her filling cabinet, I came across her will, I didn't realize she had finally done one so I took a look. The signature on the will looks nothing like my grandma's signature. I asked her about it and she doesn't remember ever doing a will, she does have dementia though so her memory is not always reliable.
Status: Open    Dec 20, 2015 - 08:30 PM

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Dec 22, 2015 - 09:31 AM

If she is competent, get her to do a new will specifically revoking the old will. If she is incompetent, find a qualified penmenship expert who will have to testify when you challenge the will in probate court.

Jan 05, 2016 - 12:40 PM

A will should have witness(es) and/or a notary. Were those present? If not, it is not sufficient to be a will in most states. If so, call one of them to see he/she recalls your grandmother signing and the circumstances involved. Most wills have a drafted by notation at the end or the bottom of the page.
Does the will leave everything to the cousin?
A will can be contested on competency and/or undue influence among other things. If these suggestions do not get you any information I suggest you see an elder law or probate attorney in your area.


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