From our “Ask a Question” mailbag: After reading the information on your site, I believe my brother used undue influence to get my father to change his will. If I decide to challenge the will, where will the trial be held? How long will the process take?
Where you live, will contests are heard by the judges in the Lehigh County Orphans’ Court, located in Allentown. In many cases, will contest challenges settle before a trial. If the case settles, the parties could agree to terms in a matter of weeks. We’ve even seen family members settle challenges on the courthouse steps minutes before trial.
If a will challenge case makes it all the way to trial, that process could easily take more than one year. If you decide to move forward with a will challenge, be prepared for a marathon, not a sprint. Just as world-class athletes get help from coaches, you’ll want expert guidance to get through the process. Feel free to contact us with the details of your case so we can give you a more detailed response.
If you have questions about litigation in Lehigh County, feel free to contact our office for a free consultation.