Things to know if one is planning on contesting a trust from home

Thanks to modern technology, contesting trust has become simpler than you might imagine. Trust disputes are commonplace. Furthermore, it’s possible that you won’t even need to physically appear in court to get your legitimate fortune because most trust disputes are resolved outside of court. In fact, you probably won’t ever have to meet in person, deliver paper copies of documents, or do anything else that requires you to leave the convenience of your home, thanks to the use of numerous technologies. You can conduct the initial case evaluation via video chats. Your estate litigation lawyer can collect documents through email. Additionally, you can do follow-up over the phone or by mail. A trust can now be contested more easily than ever. 

The overwhelming majority of the most frequent processes in disputing a trust can be completed without your physical presence in court or at your lawyer’s office.

  • Can one contest a trust online?

You can’t, sorry. A trust contest cannot currently be pursued electronically through the judicial system. The next best option is to work with a trust litigation lawyer who can gather your data and records, create, file, and serve any court documents required, represent you in court proceedings, and negotiate a good outcome. Whether using a webcam or a virtual conference platform, all discussions and document assembling can be done electronically.

Your trust isn’t really under attack online, though. The fact is that mediation is typically used to settle trust disputes. Additionally, clients and attorneys converse, debate, and prepare documents during mediation. However, none of these items necessitate face-to-face communication between a client and an attorney in the same room. Almost all mediation can be conducted via phone, mail, a web chat, and electronically shared and signed documents.

  • Can one communicate with their trust lawyer online?

Yes, it is perfectly permissible to communicate with your trust attorney primarily through the phone, email, or another type of video conference. Nothing mandates that you go to an attorney’s office in person or that they come to you. After a rapport has been built between the lawyer and the client, most communications take place by phone or email, per the client’s request and direction.

  • Can one use an electronic signature to sign trust contest paperwork?

Yes, most trust dispute paperwork lodged with the court can be electronically or virtually signed. These procedures are quick and simple, thanks to DocuSign and other related technologies. There are still options available if you don’t have admin rights to these technologies for approving the use of your authorized electronic signature. 

  • Can court documents be submitted electronically?

Any paperwork and documentation that must be filed with the court can be done electronically, by email, or through a probate court portal, through your estate lawyer, who can file digitally with most courts. This reduces waste, costs, and frustration.

  • Can a court motion be submitted online?

Yes. In many courts, motions can also be filed electronically, which saves time, money, and frustration. Furthermore, many courts demand that you submit an online motion reservation before even filing your move electronically. Innovation has streamlined the entire procedure.

  • Is it possible to receive an online inheritance?

With the assistance of a trust litigation attorney, you can file your trust contest to obtain your rightful fortune predominantly “online.”

  • What justifications exist for opposing a trust?

The most frequent justifications for challenging a trust include fraud, error, undue influence, and incompetence.