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Learn about the reasons or grounds for contesting a will in Texas

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– Robert Ray

The reasons or grounds for contesting a will.

1. Lack of mental capacity
2. Undue Influence
3. Improper execution of will
4. Forgery
5. Fraud

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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