I/M of Purported Last Will and Testament of McElhinney, 2007 WL 2896013 (Del. Ch., Oct. 1, 2007), read opinion here. This Chancery Court decision rejected an effort to contest the validity of a Will. An only son challenged his mother’s effort to partially disinherit him when  he found out that she left him only half of her estate–leaving the other half to an aunt and cousin who cared for her in her last years when the son did not find time to do so. The son neither carried his burden to prove his mother’s lack of capacity, nor did he successfully bear his burden to establish undue influence. Apart from the legal issues, the background facts tell the sad tale of a mother and son whose relationship deteriorated in the mother’s last years and she showed her displeasure in one of the most permanent methods available to a dying person.