Probate court in Pennsylvania ensures that debts are settled and the last will and testament is followed when dissolving a personal estate. When a probate court handles a will, interested parties are the individuals and entities named in the will. Interested parties are also those related to the deceased who can contest a will through probate litigation.
Probate litigation identifies interested parties
In some instances, the deceased might not be aware of all interested parties who could make claims against his or her estate. The deceased might also have made one or more prior wills made that eventually were revised or replaced by the most recent one. Individuals or entities named in one or more prior wills also are interested parties to a probate litigation and have a right to at least attend legal proceedings.
Interested parties can contest wills
Any legally interested party can a contest a will and at least get a voice during the probate process. When a will is contested, it also gets defended. The party defending the will likely would be an attorney or executor in charge of dispensing the estate as the deceased party wished. When legal challenges arise, the probate court can hear arguments and make rulings based on Pennsylvania law.
When a will is contested, all interested parties should be notified to give them the chance to participate. If one or more interested parties are not notified, they might challenge rulings and contest the proceedings, which leads to further delays in executing the will. An experienced probate litigation attorney may help to identify the interested parties and ensure valid claims are made during the probate process. This can help to uphold the wishes of the deceased while enabling a fair and equitable distribution of assets.