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Tennessee judge permits country singer's children to contest will

Three children of deceased country music legend Glen Campbell are pursuing legal action to contest two of the singer's wills. The children, who were excluded from two wills, may have the right to receive inheritances if their attempts to invalidate the wills are honored.

According to court papers, the three children at the center of the legal action were disinherited by the country singer, who died last August at the age of 81. The performer, famous for his hit "Rhinestone Cowboy" among other songs, suffered Alzheimer's toward the end of his life. On this basis, his three disinherited children suspect that their father was subject to undue influence that led him to remove them from his two latest wills, which he drafted in 2001 and 2006.

The latest will filed in 2006 by the man's widow, whom the will names as beneficiary of the singer's estate, listed his widow and five children as beneficiaries, but it left the three children in the instant lawsuit out. It's difficult to say from recent news reports whether Glen Campbell was of sound mind 16 years before his death and 11 years before his death when the instant wills were drafted. However, during the litigation of this will contest case, more information will likely come forth to assist the judge in making such a determination.

If you're in the throes of a will contest dispute -- regardless of whether you're trying to defend a will or want the will invalidated -- it will help you to understand the legal issues at play in such suits. To learn more about will contests, probate administration and more estate planning topics, visit our website now.

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