From our “Ask a Question” mailbag: My neighbor said that she was going to leave me money in her will. But, at my neighbor’s death, a friend of hers filed a will with the Chester County Register of Wills that gave everything to the friend. I think the will is a forgery. Is there a statute of limitations period for me to challenge the will?
Yes. If you had acted before the will was filed, you could have had your Chester Probate Attorney file a caveat with the Chester County Register of Wills. This would have prevented the friend from obtaining Letters Testamentary until you had the chance to review the Will and decide if you were going to contest it.
Now that the Register has issued Letters, you have one year from the filing of the Will to appeal the filing and to contest the validity through a Will contest or Will challenge. Filing sooner rather than later is best, as the friend might be selling or distributing assets, which may be difficult or impossible to recover.