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The most common reasons for a will contest

As you go through the estate planning process in Texas, you don't want to think about what could go wrong after you pass on. You hope that your estate plan does its job, ensuring that your assets make their way to the right people at the right time.

Unfortunately, a will contest comes about from time to time. This is when an heir or somebody else questions the validity of the will, thus bringing unique challenges to the estate distribution process.

Here are three of the most common reasons for a contested will:

-- A will that is written under duress. This is when a person is threatened or intimidated while creating the will.

-- Undue influence. This is when a relative, for example, uses undue influence to make sure that he or she receives significant property when the person passes on.

-- Testamentary capacity. This brings about questions of whether the person creating the will has the ability to do so. There are times when a person is not in the right frame of mind to make key decisions, such as who gets what and how much.

Depending on your situation, you may be in position to contest a will. This is not something you want to do, but it may be something you have to do if you feel that it would be in the best interest of the estate.

There is nothing simple about a will contest, as you need to prove that you have solid grounds for doing so. Even so, this is not something to hide from if you feel strongly about it.

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