Charitable bequest: Vagueness in will unsuccessfully challenged

By James Zaitsoff (November 30, 2022, 9:21 AM EST) -- The more complicated that you make a will, the greater the risk of an ambiguity (or alleged ambiguity). As a will or estate plan becomes more complex or unconventional, there is an increased chance that some part of the will may be open to more than one interpretation, or the meaning of the will is unclear. This creates an opportunity for a disappointed or disinherited beneficiary. They may argue that the will ought to be interpreted in a manner which favours them over another party, or they may try to argue that the will or some part of it is uncertain and cannot be cured, and therefore it is void (and presumably they benefit under a prior will or intestacy if the current will fails)....
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