Understanding Will Contests In Texas
Emotions run high after a loved one passes away. Conflicts over the terms in a will can add to the tension and distress. These types of disputes are known as “will contests,” and they can be overwhelming to face during the grieving process.
At Kolb & Murray, P.C., we are here to help you through this challenging time. For over two decades, our legal team has provided sound, compassionate counsel to clients throughout Seguin and the surrounding areas. We are qualified to represent individuals in and out of state who are filing a suit or defending against one. Contact us today to learn how we can serve you.
Who Is Allowed To Contest A Will?
In Texas, heirs, spouses, creditors and other parties may have standing to contest the terms of a will. But these individuals need to show that they meet the legal definition of an “interested person” before a lawsuit may proceed.
If you are worried that you may need to defend against a lawsuit, talk to us. Our probate attorneys will listen to your concerns before sharing their recommendations. You should not have to confront this situation alone.
What Are Common Reasons For Contesting A Will?
Although every case is different, the following are the most frequent reasons that will disputes occur:
- Individuals allege that one party asserted undue influence over the testator, the legal term for the person who made the will.
- Individuals believe that a mistake was made when the will was written or executed, invalidating the terms of the will.
- Individuals suspect that fraud occurred when the will was executed, causing rightful heirs to lose their inheritance.
- Individuals believe that the testator did not have the mental capacity to understand the terms of the will or sign the document.
Will contests can occur at any point in the probate process. These types of disputes can delay asset and property distribution and can be costly to resolve.
Our attorneys are well-versed in Texas probate laws and are fierce litigators. They are able to design legal strategies that get to the heart of the conflict so that you can limit the time you spend addressing this problem in court.
When you are a client of our firm, our goal is to minimize your stress, not pad our legal fees. For over 20 years, we have skillfully led our clients through complex legal processes while treating them with the compassion they deserve.
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We are here to help. Please do not hesitate to contact us about your probate concerns or other estate matters. You can reach us online or by calling 830-386-4801 to schedule your appointment with an experienced lawyer.