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Will you lose your inheritance if you contest a Texas will?

On Behalf of | Jul 24, 2023 | Estate Administration |

Inheritance disputes can be a complex and emotionally charged issue. They often occur during a time of grief, adding another layer of distress.

If you find yourself in such a situation in Texas, one question might dominate your thoughts: Will you lose your inheritance if you contest your loved one’s will?

Contesting a will

Contesting a will means that you believe the will does not accurately reflect the wishes of the deceased. The reasons may include believing the deceased was not of sound mind when creating the will, or suspecting that the writing of the will involved coercion. It is important to understand that contesting a will is a serious action that is not taken lightly by the Texas court system.

Understanding the risk to your inheritance

Texas law includes what is often referred to as a “no-contest” clause in many wills. This clause states that if you contest the will and lose, you forfeit any inheritance that the will provides you. Therefore, if you are considering contesting a will, you must consider the potential loss of your inheritance.

Evaluating your decision

Consider carefully before deciding to contest a will. You should have solid reasons and evidence to back your claims. If your suspicions about the will’s validity have substantial proof, contesting the will may be a risk worth taking. However, without strong evidence, the decision could result in a significant loss.

Deciding whether to contest a loved one’s will is a delicate balance of risk and potential reward. It is a decision you must weigh with care, remembering that the outcome can have a big impact on your future.