Texas Will Contests
Our firm has extensive experience in cases involving contests of wills and inheritance rights in the state of Texas. For a will in Texas to be valid it must 1) be in writing 2) be signed by a testator (person making the will) with legal capacity and 3) the signing of the testator must be witnessed by at least two witnesses over the age of 14. However, if a will is completely handwritten by the testator, then no witnesses are required.
It is not true that someone can contest a will just because that person does not like how the will distributes the decedent's property. Most reputable law firms will not take a will contest case based on a suspicion that the decedent would have never distributed his or her property in a certain manner. There must be some evidence that a will would fail for one of the reasons noted above before a credible law firm will take a will contest case.
Other Inheritance Related Contests
When there is no will, there are situations when contests related to inheritance are appropriate. One of the most frequent situations is where a common law spouse has a right or purports to have a right to inherit under the concept of a common law marriage. Or another contest scenario may arise when adopted children have a claim for inheritance. Our firm commonly handles a variety of inheritance related contests. Please feel free to use the form below to request a free consultation or call our office during regular business hours.