In this article, we will explain Iowa will contests. After a will is admitted to probate, it may draw concern or spark doubt. If there is uncertainty surrounding the validity of a will, it may be contested by an interested party. This temporarily stops the probate process of a decedent’s estate until the contest is addressed by the court.
In this article, we examine Iowa probate claims. There are many issues that can make litigation necessary during probate including will contests, guardianship contests, and probate claims. If a decedent passes with debt, his estate is responsible for paying them. However, the estate only has to pay for these debts if a credit makes a claim for the money while the estate is in probate. These claims must be properly filed to be validated by the court.
In this article, we answer the question, when is probate necessary in Iowa? Probate is almost always necessary in Iowa, even if you have a will. Probate ensures a decedent’s final wishes are carried out in a fair and equitable manner supervised by a court of law. Even if you do not have a will, when you die as an owner of any property, your estate usually is probated. If you do create a will, probate court will determine whether it is valid and, if so, mandate who gets what and who does not.
In this article, we answer questions about recent changes made to Iowa probate and estate law. Iowa Code Chapter 365 is the new Small Estate Statute. This recently passed legislation significantly changes the Chapter so that it applies to more of the population and hopefully simplifies the process. It goes into effect July 1, 2020 for those decedents passing on or after this date.
A will determines how an individual’s estate and assets will be divided amongst family members and other heirs upon their passing. But in some cases, a will can be challenged or contested in Iowa if there are reasons to doubt its authenticity. A will cannot be contested simply because an heir or potential heir does not agree with its terms. A will in Iowa can only be contested for the following reasons: