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Will disputes may cause complications for Texas residents

It is not uncommon for surviving family to face conflict after the death of a loved one. In many cases, parties may feel the need to dispute the decedent's will due to concerns over the contents and intentions of that document. When such disputes arise, it is likely that the concerned parties will go through litigation in order to have the issues formally addressed.

Texas residents may be interested in such a dispute currently underway in another state. Reports indicated that the widow and mother of a deceased man have been in conflict over the late man's will due to the mother having been removed from it. The mother wants to obtain a copy of an earlier version of the will in order to review the contents. However, the man's wife believes her mother-in-law has no right to the previous will.

The mother suspects that the widow used undue influence in order for the man to change his will. Indeed, she even claims that the man had wanted to divorce his wife due to her extravagant spending habits. The mother is hoping to have the widow held in contempt of court for not providing a copy of the previous will. 

A will dispute can cause many harsh sides to be shown, but in some cases, direct action may be necessary if an individual suspects that unseemly actions took place. If Texas residents believe that there is valid reason to contest a deceased loved one's will, they may wish to find out more on their legal options. Speaking with experienced attorneys may help interested parties determine their next steps.

Source: New York Post, "Ken Thompson's widow lashes out at his mom in will dispute", Emily Saul, Feb. 9, 2017

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