We do get this question from prospective clients who want to know how to contest a will, “How long does it take to contest a will in Texas?”.
You might think it may not take a lot of time, however the time it takes to contest a will can vary depending on the complexity of the case.
For example see our post on the challenge of the holographic will of House of Yahweh leader Yisrayl Hawkins: House of Yahweh Leader Will Challenged.
There are millions of dollars at stake there with an unknown number of possible beneficiaries as, according to reports, Hawkins allegedly had more than 30 children, and only some of them belonged to the wife he was married to at the time of his death in October of 2021.
The objectors claim many of these children still have to be identified and located.
The contesting of a will is also subject to the court’s schedule, and that will more than likely add additional time.
According to probate lawyer Matt Zimmerman, generally, the process can take several months to a year or possibly more. There is no set timeframe.
If you are considering a challenge to the will of a deceased person, it is important to sit down and consult with an experienced probate attorney to review your situation to get an estimate of the time it may take to contest a will in your specific case.