Disputes about wills arise more frequently than many people would think. If you have an objection to your family member’s will, the attorneys at The Law Offices of Kennedy & Jackson in Houston can evaluate your case and answer your questions.
Our two attorneys are each board-certified in estate planning and probate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and each is a frequent lecturer on estate planning topics to other lawyers throughout Texas. We know the grounds under which a will can be contested in Texas and can guide you through the process.
WHO CAN CONTEST A WILL IN TEXAS?
You have legal standing to contest a will in Texas only if you are a beneficiary under the will or if you would have a right to inherit under the Texas law of intestate succession.
UNDER WHAT GROUNDS CAN A WILL BE CONTESTED?
The following are examples of common reasons for contesting a will:
- Lack of testamentary capacity: In other words, your family member was not competent to make a will.
- Undue influence: Which means your family member was induced to change his or her will in another person’s favor — often a caretaker.
- Fraud or duress: Which means your loved one changed his or her will based on false representations or threat of physical harm.
- Lack of proper execution: Examples of lack of proper execution would be a will that is not in writing or is not signed.
- The will was revoked: In which case, a newer will should prevail.
Our lawyers represent executors, administrators, beneficiaries and heirs in will contests in Greater Houston, Harris County and beyond. We often advise clients living in other states concerning the Texas estate of their parent or family member.
CONTACT A WILL CONTEST ATTORNEY IN HOUSTON
Our law office is located in the Galleria area of Houston, with free on-site parking available next to our office building. We provide a complimentary — and confidential — initial consultation to all new potential clients.
To schedule an appointment with one of our lawyers, call 713-783-7444 or send us an email.