Houston Probate Litigation & Contested Will Attorneys

We Handle High-Stakes Probate Litigation & Will Contests

No matter how legally airtight things appear in a trust, will, or probate matter, it is important to remember that disputes can arise from any corner of the family or financial instruments used for estate preservation.

A family member can come forward and claim to be a rightful beneficiary. An estate holder can die without leaving an updated will – leaving the probate judge to make unfavorable decisions. Trustees of family estates may fail in their fiduciary responsibility to gather assets or distribute them according to the terms of the trust.

How to Tell What Type of Legal Action You'll Need to Take:

  • Will Contests:
    • Was the will or trust executed under undue influence?
    • Did the person have the appropriate mental capacity to execute the will?
  • Fiduciary Litigation:
    • Did the corporate trustee cover financial bases upon the death of the estate holder?
    • Did the executor of the estate mishandle their duties?

How Hendershot Cowart P.C. Can Help

For more than 30 years, we have been fighting on behalf of individual and family clients who are seeking to protect the legacy of a loved one in all types of probate litigation matters.

Common Probate & Guardianship Disputes We Handle

  • High-stakes will contests, often related to the decedent’s lack of capacity, undue influence, improper execution, fraud, divorce after the will was executed, an unaccounted-for child, or a mistake in fact
  • Removing, disputing, or establishing guardianship, including alternatives to guardianship, such as medical or financial powers of attorney
  • Breach of fiduciary duty by the executor of the estate, or contesting the appointment of or requesting removal of an executor or administrator
  • Demand for an accounting of the estate, especially when money or valuables are missing
  • Trust contests, including the removal or a trustee or challenging the creation or maintenance of a trust
  • Contesting a creditor’s claims to an estate

Our attorneys work to achieve optimum outcomes in estate litigation, will contests, and other probate challenges with as little disruption to family dynamics as possible. For legal guidance, perspective, and resolution, contact our probate litigation firm today.

Call (713) 909-7323 or schedule an initial consultation by filling out our brief contact form.

Contested Guardianship Attorney

When a financial estate is at stake, disputes over the control of an incapacitated, underage, or infirm loved one are sure to follow. One of the most significant areas of probate litigation is a contested guardianship over a minor-aged beneficiary.

We know what judges require for records and evidence while making rulings on guardianships and conservatorships in probate matters. Our firm represents parties in disputes over the legal classification of incapacitation. We work aggressively to ensure that your case is presented clearly in your favor.

Estate Administration Disputes

When it falls upon the executor or family representative to handle the final affairs of an estate, disputes over property valuation and distribution of assets are common. We are experienced negotiators and dispute resolution attorneys.

Our attorneys use their knowledge of Texas probate laws to help close the divide that often arises among family members during the dispersal of a large estate. We also represent clients who have estate disputes with creditors and business partners. Hendershot Cowart P.C. represents local and out-of-state clients in all types of probate disputes and litigation in Texas.

What If a Business Is Included in the Estate?

As a firm with an award-winning business law practice, we have the insight and experience to handle any type of estate administration dispute involving businesses and high-value assets. We facilitate business valuations and resolve disputes over succession plans for family limited partnerships and other businesses.

Whether your goal is to continue the family business, liquidate assets, or divide business interests fairly, we can help. We encourage you to contact us today to learn more.

The Cost of Contesting a Will

Will contests can be costly and time-consuming, lasting for many months and even years. As a result, we caution you to balance the cost of litigation against the amount you are due to inherit. Disputes over smaller estates – valued at less than $500,000 – may not make financial sense. We know that defending a loved one’s legacy is a matter of principle, not greed. However, the expenses may become a burden long before you reach your rightful resolution. Discuss the implications of a will contest – both financially and emotionally – with your family prior to making a decision.

Contact us online or call (713) 909-7323 to arrange a consultation with an experienced probate litigation attorney at our firm today.

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