His kids are contesting his will because they are afraid they won't get anything. So far, I have spent close to $14,000 for legal fees. Is there any point in having a will? — H.R., via email
DEAR H.R.: I don't understand why it cost so much for them to contest the will. If the will was properly drawn and witnessed, they are out! You are the surviving spouse, and it is not at all unusual to leave everything to you.
On the other side of that, you have spent close to $14,000, and you ask if there is any point of having a will. Absolutely, positively! Had there been no will, they would likely have received two-thirds of what your husband left behind.
I would go to your stepchildren and tell them you know their father wanted you to share what he left with them, but you will deduct the $14,000 from their legacy. It seems to me that this could have been negotiated. If they continue to contest the will, I don't think that they will be successful unless there is something you haven't told me. He had every right to leave his assets to you.