Austin County Will Contest Lawyer

A will is a legal document that dictates how we want our possessions and property to be distributed after our passing. While this may seem like a straightforward process, many disputes and conflicts can arise while transferring inheritance. In these situations, you may need to file a will contest in probate court.

If you are filing a will contest in Austin County, the lawyers at Marrs Ellis & Hodge, LLP can help. Our Austin County will contest lawyers will work tirelessly to secure the best possible outcome in your case, helping you navigate the complex and emotional will dispute process.

Why Choose Us

  • Our attorneys have received numerous awards and distinctions recognizing our dedication to our clients, including a preeminent AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Our firm has successfully represented hundreds of clients over the past 10 years, including parties involved in will disputes.
  • Navigating the will dispute process can be challenging. Our attorneys will handle all aspects of your case on your behalf, alleviating your stress throughout your case.

How to Create a Legal Will in Texas

Under Texas law, a will has to meet certain criteria to be legally valid. For example, the deceased  must be at least 18 years old, married, or serve in the military. He or she must create the will in writing, either by hand or by typing and printing the document. One of the most important elements of a valid will is testamentary capacity or being of sound mind and memory.

To create a legal will, a person must understand what it means to create the document and understand the nature and extent of his or her property and relationships. The person must also be capable of making reasonable judgements for property division, guardianship, and other important matters related to his or her estate. A will cannot be created under coercion or undue influence. 

What Is a Will Contest?

A will contest is a legal effort to challenge the validity of a will. There are many issues that may arise when probating a deceased person’s estate or carrying out the terms of his or her will. For example, you may believe that your loved one’s will was changed without his or her consent, or he or she did not have proper testamentary capacity to create the document. In these situations, you could challenge the will by filing a dispute in probate court.

To legally challenge a will, you must have standing or a legal interest in the deceased’s estate. You will need to prove to the court that if it accepts the terms of the will as they currently stand, you will experience harm. Your attorney from Marrs Ellis & Hodge, LLP can help you gather the evidence you need to prove this harm and the invalid nature of the document.

Schedule Your Free Case Consultation

If you are challenging a will in Austin County, you will need to enter a series of complex legal processes and prove your grounds for the dispute. In these situations, the attorneys at Marrs Ellis & Hodge, LLP can help you secure the outcome you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free case consultation and discuss your next steps with an Austin County will contest attorney.

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