What happens when you contest a will

Written by Robert Ray

Robert Ray handles inheritance disputes of all kinds. He takes cases throughout Texas.

After gathering all the information from you, your attorney will file the contest in the appropriate court. Through your attorney, you will be able to present your side of the case. At the end of the trial, the jury will decide based on the facts presented in evidence.

After a successful will contest, there are two possibilities for what will happen next. If there was a prior will (a will executed by the decedent before the contested will) that will may be offered for probate as the last will and testament of the decedent. If there was no prior will, or if it has been lost or destroyed, then the decedent will have died intestate meaning without a will. In that case the court will look to the statutes dealing with people who die without a will and distribute the property according to law. That usually includes the people that you would think would be the beneficiaries of a person, i.e., his children, spouse and if there are none of those, his parents and if there are none of those his brothers and sisters, then nieces and nephews, etc. It is also possible that a family settlement agreement can be reached on the distribution of the estate.

Because will contest are time sensitive, it is urgent that someone who is contemplating contesting a will contact an attorney as soon as possible. There are decisions that need to be made and actions that need to be taken.

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Robert Ray is the Editor and owner of this site. Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law — Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

We handle cases throughout Texas. Our principal office is in Lantana, Texas (DFW area).

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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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