Disputes unfortunately arise after a loved one passes away. Sometimes these disputes involve a last will and testament or a codicil done after the will. There are many situations where one may have been wrongfully disinherited or had your inheritance reduced. Fortunately, Texas law gives you recourse in such a situation. If you believe that have been wrongly or illegally cut out of a loved one’s estate then it is important that you seek legal representation. Our lawyers represent people throughout Dallas, Plano, Denton, Fort Worth, Garland, and Irving in such matters. Call our attorneys today to learn more about your options and to prepare to move forward.
Attorneys aggressively representing Texas citizens in matters where they have been cut out of a will
One has options when they have been cut out of a will. In such a situation it may be possible to challenge the will’s validity. Texas law will allow a will to be found invalid for several reasons. Some of these reasons include:
- Challenging a will due to lack of capacity of the deceased at the time it was signed
- Disputing a will due to duress placed upon the person signing it
- Establishing that the deceased was under some other undue influence at the time the will was signed
- Disputing the will due to technical defects such as certain requirements not being met
Disputes of a Texas will are filed in one of several types of courts depending on where you live. Depending on the county you live in, that judge may be a statutory probate judge, a county court judge, or a district judge. You may also have a choice of which type of judge hears your case depending on what county you live in. It is critical that you hire an attorney who understands the process in such matters so that your interests remain protected.
It is equally as important to have solid legal counsel to assist you in deciding whether to have a judge or jury hear your case. Frequently, such matters are tried to a judge in Texas. That may or may not be the best decision for you. Every party has a right to a jury trial guaranteed by the Seventh Amendment to the United States Constitution. Too many Texas probate lawyers are not familiar with the nuances of jury trials or are simply afraid of juries. The lawyers at The Johnson Firm are proud to be trial lawyers with significant experience in jury trials. If your case is best suited for a jury trial, why hire an attorney that is afraid to try the case to a jury.
Our Dallas attorneys will aggressively protect your interests when it comes time to disputing a last will and testament. At your initial consultation we will analyze the facts of your case and determine what basis you may have for initiating a will dispute. Once retained, we will carefully evaluate your case and the facts and file suit in the appropriate Court to begin the process. We will use discovery (the process by which information is gained from the other side) to establish facts relating to the reasons the will is being disputed (capacity, duress, undue influence, etc.). We will stay in contact with you throughout the process and will be there to answer your questions. We will ensure that you are prepared for trial and will provide zealous representation. Do not risk your situation to a lesser experienced lawyer. Contact our office today.
Experienced Dallas lawyers providing quality representation to those disputing a will
Our attorneys have the experience and knowledge to handle Texas will dispute cases. Price L. Johnson is both an experienced litigator and a CPA who puts his skills to full use. Our lawyers engage in a collaborative approach in all of their cases in order to ensure that no stone goes unturned in our efforts to protect your rights. We are a results oriented firm which strongly believes in focusing on the law so that you may focus on your future. We make probate our business so that you can focus on the more important business at hand – moving your life forward. Contact us online or by telephone today.