(two months before death, decedent executed will revoking prior will and giving entire estate to new executor rather than executor under prior will; decedent never married and had no children and not close to extended family; prior executor filed petition to contest and invalidate will on grounds of undue influence and tortious interference with testamentary expectancy; trial court granted motion to dismiss and prior executor later given leave to file amended petition; executor worked for prior executor as farmhand and prior executor claimed that executor made false statements about prior executor’s character to decedent; prior executor also claimed that executor sought advice from others concerning how to convince a person to change their will; court took allegation as true for purposes of motion to dismiss, and allegation led to inference that decedent influenced by executor’s misrepresentations; sufficient facts alleged to state claim of undue influence; appellate court reversed grant of motion to dismiss).
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