The law generally precludes prosecuting a will contest until after the testator's death because, until then, a will contest is not ripe. But does the law ever preclude a will contest after a testator dies? According to a California appellate court, the answer is “Yes.” And its decision could have serious ramifications for practitioners and beneficiaries across the country. In Murphy v. Murphy1 — a case of first impression — California's First Appellate District found that a substituted ...

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