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Where is a Chester County Will Contest Held?

Posted on Tue Feb 16, 2016, on Will Contests and Will Challenges

Most Recently Updated Sept. 16, 2017.

Addressed in today’s “Ask a Question” mailbag: Chester County Will Contest.

Chester County Will Contest

Will Contest Lawyer, Flora Novick.

I believe my brother got my father to change his Will using undue influence.  He filed the will with the Chester County Register of Wills. If I decide to challenge the Will, where is the trial? Is the process long?”

The Chester County Orphans’ Court Hears A Chester County Will Contest.

If the deceased person was a Chester County resident, then his Will is filed with the Chester County Register of Wills.  If you have standing to challenge the Will, a Chester County Orphans’ Court judge will hear the case.

See my website for more information about Will Challenges and Will Contests.

How to Start a Chester County Will Contest.

The Orphans’ Court is a particular court tasked with overseeing several types of cases, including Will Contests.  Your case will end up in the Orphans’ Court if you challenge the Will with a timely petition.  The process is complicated, and specific procedures required. Not following these procedures may result in dismissal.

See my website for my Article, Will Contests Explained for the Non-Lawyer: Everything You Need To Know.

Will Contests Sometimes Settle.

As to how long the Will Contest will take, there are many factors.  In many cases, Will Challenges settle before a trial.  It is costly to gather medical records and take depositions.  Some parties find it wise to compromise.  If the case ends, the parties could agree to terms in a matter of weeks or months.  Or it could be on the courthouse steps in West Chester minutes before trial.

A Chester County Will Contests Could Take Over a Year.

If a Will Challenge case progresses to trial, that process could easily take more than one year. A Will Challenge is a marathon, not a sprint.

Let Us Explain the Chester County Will Contest Process.

In conclusion, we have a team of litigators focusing exclusively on estate litigation.  Consequently, Will Contests are not a part-time pursuit; they are what we do.

Our team would be glad to walk you through your options over the phone or in person.  Please feel free to Contact our office for a free consultation.  We try to make this process as painless as we can.

Wills, Trusts, Probate, and Estate Litigation, It’s All We Do!

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