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There may be instances, after a decedent's will has been probated with the court, that a party in interest wishes to contest the will, or perhaps prove and probate another will that the party maintains is the true and correct will of the decedent.
The common grounds upon which a will is contested include:
In such instances, there are 2 possible approaches to legal action to impeach the probated will.
An appeal of the clerk's order probating the will may be filed with the clerk within 6 months after the entry of the order of probate. Upon the filing of the appeal, the matter will be placed on the court's docket for hearing, usually in an expedited manner to avoid delay in the administration of the estate.
If the court has entered an order, either an order admitting the first will to probate, or an order on an appeal of the clerk's order of probate, a suit may be brought to impeach or establish a will within 1 year of the entry of the order admitting the first will to probate.
These filing periods are extended for minors and incapacitated persons during their incapacity, or persons who were not served personally and did not participate in the prior court proceeding admitting the first will to probate.
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