Lee County Will Contest Attorney
When a loved one passes away, his or her family will need to determine how to carry out the terms of his or her will. A will is a testamentary instrument that disposes of a person’s property when he or she dies. While carrying out the terms of a will may seem simple, many complex and emotional disputes can arise during this process. In some cases, you may want to contest the terms of the will—and the Lee County will contest attorneys at Marrs Ellis & Hodge, LLP can fight for you and your family’s best interests.
Why Choose Us
- Our attorneys have a strong track record of representing families in highly complex, sensitive will disputes. We have the skills and knowledge you need to resolve your will contest in your favor.
- Our firm believes that open and honest communication is crucial during a will dispute. We will always be available to answer your questions and provide important updates.
- We understand how difficult a will contest can be. Our firm will support you through each stage of your claim, helping alleviate the stress that you may feel during the process.
Legal Requirements for a Will in Texas
For a will to be valid in Texas, it must meet the following requirements.
- The will must be in writing. The document must be handwritten or typed on a computer and printed.
- The person creating the will must be at least 18 years old, married, or a member of the military.
- The person creating the will must have testamentary capacity, or the mental capacity to execute a valid will. He or she must understand what it means to make a will and the nature and extent of his or her property and relationships. He or she must also be able to make reasonable judgments about the matters contained in the will.
- The will is created freely and voluntarily and is not subject to the undue influence of another person. Undue influence refers to improper pressure or power to create the terms of the will.
- If the will is typed and printed, it must be signed in the presence of at least 2 credible witnesses.
What Is a Will Contest?
A will contest is a type of legal action where you intend to challenge the validity and legality of a will. To file a will contest, you must have standing, or a legal interest in the deceased’s estate. Typically, you will need to prove to the court that you will be harmed in some way if the terms of the will are carried out as they currently stand. Once you prove standing, you and your attorney will file a lawsuit in probate court to challenge the will.
In most cases, will contests arise due to a lack of testamentary capacity or the presence of undue influence. However, many other situations may give rise to a will dispute. Speak to a lawyer at Marrs Ellis & Hodge, LLP to determine whether or not you have grounds to file this type of claim.
Schedule Your Free Consultation Today
If you are contesting a will in Lee County, you need an attorney on your side. In these situations, the lawyers at Marrs Ellis & Hodge, LLP can help you navigate the litigation process. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation and discuss your legal options with a Lee County will contest attorney.