Last week's post here on our Las Vegas estate planning law blog may have caused some anxiety for our readers. No one likes to think about the possibility that a carefully-crafted and valid will could be the subject of a will contest and even litigation. And fortunately, probate law does place significant limitations on just who can and cannot challenge a will in court.
The most fundamental prerequisite is that someone who wants to dispute a will must have what is called "standing" to do so. That means that the person must either be named in the will or else be affected one way or the other (either gaining or losing an inheritance) by the outcome of the contest. Ultimately, this prevents people who have strong opinions about a will but who aren't impacted by its provisions from getting legally involved.