How to contest a will in Texas

by Robert A. Ray

Be An Interested Party

Not everyone can contest a will. If you do not have a pecuniary interest in the outcome of the contest, you can’t contest a will.

Attorney Needed

Will contest are trials and require knowledge of procedure, discovery, evidence and other trial preparation. 

Statute of Limitations

In general, you have two years after a will has been admitted to probate. A meritorious contest can be lost if delayed.

How to Contest a Will

We realize this can be a confusing, frustrating, and emotional process. Below, we have laid out the steps you need to take and how you can take them in order to make the process easier for you.

  1. You have to be an interested party.
  2. You need to hire an attorney to represent you.
  3. You have to act before the statute of limitations runs.
  4. Can I contest a will without an attorney?
  5. What happens when you contest a will?

If you try to represent yourself, bad things can happen as shown by this article:

Successful Will challenges?

If a will is successfully challenged, the court may then turn to the decedent’s previous valid will if there is one to determine what should be done with the estate.

If there was no previous valid will, or if it has been lost, then the decedent (the person whose estate the will is about) will be considered to have died intestate, or without a will.

At that point, the court will turn to laws that govern how an estate is divided when no will has been left behind.

Robert Ray

Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law — Texas Board of Legal Specialization. We handle cases all across Texas. Our principal office is in Lantana, Texas (DFW area).

Robert Ray is a Texas attorney who handles inheritance disputes

Why Us?

Inheritance disputes involve someone who has taken advantage of the elderly. These cases are complicated and most often, but not always, involve outsiders. We represent you knowing that these inheritance disputes are private and painful family matters. We know this is a stressful time for you. We strive to obtain the quickest and best results possible so that you can get this troubling episode behind you.


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