College Station Probate Litigation Attorney

Bryan-College Station Will Contest Lawyer

Our Texas law firm provides comprehensive probate and trust litigation representation in the Bryan-College Station and surrounding areas. We understand the emotional and financial issues associated with contested Wills and other serious probate matters.

At the Law Office of Randy Michel, our attorneys possess sophisticated probate and estate planning experience. We are led by College Station probate litigation lawyer Randy Michel, who has more than 37 years of experience practicing law including seven years as a judge, over 26 years as a Board Certified trial attorney, and nearly 23 years as a certified mediator. His unique background enables him to evaluate contentious situations from every angle to determine the best course of action.

Contested Wills

We understand that certain situations arise that can cause heirs and other individuals to question the validity of a Will. Our legal team provides representation for those pursuing a contest, as well as the estate or owner of the contested Will.

Our legal team will evaluate every facet of the Will when handling these matters. Our representation includes:

  • Wills written under duress — When someone is threatened or suffers intimidation while drafting the Will, it is considered to be written under duress.
  • Undue influence — When an heir or relative uses undue influence to ensure he or she is bequeathed significant property in a Will, this is undue influence.
  • Testamentary capacity — Testamentary capacity addresses whether the person writing the Will had the ability to make the Will, knows who his or her heirs are, can decide who to leave property to, or understands what his or her estate consists of.

Several factors fall within testamentary capacity. For instance, a person may have five children but address only two in the Will without specifically denying the other three children. We can evaluate the situation to determine if the person was lucid at the time he or she signed the Will, or if the person was suffering from early Alzheimer's, dementia or other medical conditions.

Depending on your situation, we will consult with medical experts and other witnesses who can testify that you loved one was of sound mind and body when the loved one drafted and signed the Will. Additionally, we have experience handling disputes among members of blended families.

Asset Distribution

An important part of the probate process is the distribution of assets, as outlined in the Will. Our legal team has extensive experience evaluating assets as they relate to the legal language of the Will. We can determine whether a specific asset falls within the text of the Will or trust and to whom the asset belongs. Additionally, our representation extends to litigating prenuptial agreements.

Confidential Consultations

We are available to discuss your issue at 979-764-2435 or you may send us an e-mail. We are located off Southwest Parkway between Wendy's and Wells Fargo. Don't trust your GPS — it will point you to a different neighborhood. We are tucked behind the Wells Fargo.

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