When someone close has passed, it can be a deeply emotional time no matter what one's feelings truly were for that person. Should one then be left out of the will, receive a disappointing bequest or be displeased with the remainder of the will, emotions can run even higher. At a time like this, estate beneficiary advice is likely in order. Challenging the will could be an option, as it was for three heirs left high and dry west of Ontario.
Virtually everyone postpones writing a will. Maybe because it is a tangible reminder of our mortality or perhaps it is difficult to decide to whom to give the property that we worked so hard to acquire during our lives. Whatever the reason may be, having a will in place ensures that your estate is distributed after death the way you intended it to be, unless you are the subject of another's undue influence. Then your will may reflect their wishes, and not yours. The elderly population is especially vulnerable to undue influence.