Most Recently Updated Sept. 16, 2017.
Montgomery County Will Challenge Statute of Limitations.
From our “Ask a Question” mailbag: Montgomery County Will Challenge Statute of Limitations.
“My mother died four years ago in Montgomery County. My sister filed a Will naming her executor and giving her the house. The Will before gave all the children an equal share. I feel that Will was signed under Undue Influence. Can I challenge the will?”
The Statute of Limitations: You Only Have so Long to Challenge a Will.
If you wait too long you wave your right to bring a Will Challenge or Will Contest. In Pennsylvania, a Will Challenge must be brought within one year of the will’s probate with the Register of Wills. If your sister filed the will shortly after your mother’s death, then this one-year period has passed. Many states give much shorter time periods.
This time period is logical. If you had unlimited time to Challenge a Will, then no beneficiary could ever confidently spend an inheritance. He would always have to worry a Will Contest would force the money’s return. Further, no land could ever be sold. Buyers would worry that a judge would order the land’s return.
This means that even if the Will was the result of Undue Influence, you cannot challenge.
For more information about Will Challenges, read my Article “Will Contests Explained for the Non-Lawyer: Everything You Need to Know.”
Montgomery County Will Challenge Statute of Limitations, Explained.
In conclusion, in this Post, I tried to introduce you to the Pennsylvania Statute of Limitations for bringing a Will Challenge. Further, I included links to even more detailed information on my website. So, let me know how I did, comments and questions are welcome!
Furthermore, I would be happy to answer your questions. If you have any other matters for a Montgomery County Will Challenge Attorney, feel free to contact our office for a free consultation. We try to make the process painless!
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Author, Peter Klenk, Esq.