Learn about the reasons or grounds for contesting a will in Texas
by Robert A. Ray
Contesting a will in Texas is usually based on the ground of testamentary capacity. A testator has to have testamentary capacity.
Our elderly become dependent on others. That dependency can cause them to do what they are told not what they want.
A will has to be executed with the formalities set out by law. If those formalities are not followed, it can void a will.
The reasons or grounds for contesting a will.
|1.||Lack of mental capacity|
|3.||Improper execution of will|
This page provides the reader information about the reasons, sometimes referred to as the grounds, for contesting a will in Texas.
You must have grounds for contesting a will in Texas. You can’t contest a will just because you don’t like it. This page has discussions about the various grounds available in Texas to contest a will.
The most common ground for contesting a will in Texas is that the testator did not have the mental capacity to write the will. The second most common ground is that the testator was under undue influence to write the will and he would not have written the will without the influence. Of course, there are other grounds also and they are discussed on this page.
You should not take, or refrain from taking, any action based on this article. You should discuss your situation with your attorney who can advise you based on your situation.
If you have a question about a pending or anticipated lawsuit about contesting a will in Texas, use the Contact Us page at the top of the site to see if we can help.
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