Skilled Handling Of Will Contests Based On Undue Influence And Fraud

Undue influence on a testator or grantor is a serious accusation and is a frequent cause of will disputes and other types of probate cases. Elderly individuals can be coerced or tricked by family, beneficiaries, caregivers and people who have their power of attorney. In addition, scam artists and other criminals often target the elderly with predatory lending and other financial schemes.

If any party has exerted undue influence on a testator or grantor, the will or trust can be contested. I am attorney Albert F. Pennisi, and I have represented heirs, beneficiaries, executors, administrators, trustees and agents in cases involving undue influence. You can rely on my thorough understanding of New York probate law as I investigate your case to determine whether the decedent had the mental capacity to know or understand what he or she was agreeing to.

Did The Deceased Have The Testamentary Capacity To Sign The Will?

Undue influence may involve questions regarding:

  • Lack of testamentary capacity, especially if the testator had dementia
  • Coercion
  • Fraud
  • Misappropriation of assets
  • Last-minute beneficiary changes

When a will is probated, beneficiaries and heirs have the chance to contest it if they believe there was undue influence on the decedent. If you suspect undue influence on a loved one or have been accused of exerting undue influence on a testator, you will need an experienced probate litigation lawyer on your side. I can help you with undue influence allegations and all other will contest issues.

I understand that these are difficult matters for all parties. With my experience, I know when to resolve cases in negotiation or mediation and when to take them to trial. I am well-known in the Queens County Surrogate's Court for litigating complex probate cases.

Speak With Me To Learn More

To schedule a free, 30-minute consultation, please call my office at 929-346-7536. You may also contact me online. I regularly provide representation in Queens and Nassau counties.