Most Recently Updated Sept. 16, 2017.
Addressed in today’s “Ask a Question” mailbag: 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.
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