Who Has Standing to Contest a Will in Tennessee?
In Tennessee, a party who is going to contest a will must have proper “standing” to actually contest the will. This basically means that the individual must have the authority under Tennessee Law to contest the will before they can do so. If they do not have proper standing, then the Court will simply dismiss the case. Tennessee Courts have provided guidance on who has standing to contest a will.
The Tennessee Court of Appeals in Keasler v. Estate of Keasler, 973 S.W.2d 213 (Tenn. Ct. App. 1997) found that “in order to have standing to contest a will, the contestant must show that he would take a share of the decedent’s estate if the probated will were set aside.”
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