Will contest in Normam, OK
January 25, 2012 7:23 PM Subscribe
My friend wants to contest his mother's will. Recommendations to a good estate/wills/probate lawyer in the Norman, OK area?
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A friend of mine wants to contest his mother's will.
She had three typed, notarized versions of her will, changed over the years, filed with a lawyer. Then there is also a "holographic" portion that was supposedly done in her handwriting, four months before she died of cancer, and simply tacked on to the end of one of the written wills. Not notarized. Not filed with a lawyer but simply produced by her youngest son.
My friend believes that his brother, who was caring for their mother, influenced her to make this will and that she wasn't competent at the time. Frankly, after looking at it, I find it possible that the will is even forged, as it does not look like her handwriting (though I realize she was ill at the time). It contains mixed cursive and print, and misspells words (in one case twice) that she normally didn't misspell. Everyone who has seen it has spontaneously questioned its validity.
My friend got a lawyer via personal referral (apparently not by referral from someone who has used his professional services), but he doesn't seem to be doing much, and doesn't respond to my friend's queries in a timely manner. The probate hearing is coming up on the 6th of February. My friend lives on the west coast and doesn't plan to travel to Norman to be at the court date, and he needs someone good (and communicative!) to advise and represent him.
My friend wants the "holographic" portion of the will thrown out and to revert to the previous version of the will (the last typed, notarized one). This would mean the one son would no longer get *everything* but rather would share the estate with his siblings.