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What is the time limit to contest a will in New Jersey?

Posted on Mon Aug 17, 2015, on Will Contests and Will Challenges

From our “Ask a Question” Mailbag: New Jersey Time Frame to Contest Wills

Most Recently Updated July 18, 2018.

“My brother has filed a will with the Surrogate that I believe is not my mother’s will. I want to contest the will, but how long do I have to file the will challenge?”

New Jersey Time Frame to Contest Wills

New Jersey Time Frame to Contest Wills

Once the will is filed and accepted by the Surrogate, to challenge the will you must have a complaint filed in the proper format with the New Jersey Superior Court Clerk. If you are a New Jersey resident, you only have four months to file the complaint. if you live outside New Jersey, you have six months.

This is a very short amount of time. So, if you are serious about filing a will contest, I suggest that you have the matter reviewed by an experienced will challenge attorney. A will contest is a long, expensive process which should not be entered into blindly. By retaining a lawyer who regularly handles these matters you will likely save yourself time and a great deal of money.

Further Will Contest Questions?

The statute of limitations is one part of the Will Contest process. By all means, if you want to learn more, please read my more detailed article, Will Contests and Will Challenges All You Need to Know.

In Conclusion: New Jersey Time Frame to Contest Wills

I hope that this article was helpful in explaining the time frame to file a will contest. Further, I included links to even more detailed information on my website. Therefore, please contact me and let me know how I did. Certainly, your comments and questions are welcome!

Let our Will Contest Lawyers help walk you through what can be a confusing process. To begin with, call to speak to one of our experienced Will Contest Attorneys.  By all means, our lawyers are ready to answer your questions. In fact, feel free to contact our office for a free consultation. Ultimately our goal is to put our 25 years of estate litigation experience to work for you.

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