How Long Do I Have To Contest a Will?
Is there a time limit for contesting a will?
Wills, as well as the process of contesting them, are subject to certain regulations. How long do you have, after receiving a notice, to contest the contents of a will? Gainesville elder law attorney Shannon Miller explains this process.
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“There is a notice provision inside of Florida’s probate code that basically says, ‘If you’re noticed, then you have a very short window—really, 90 days--in order to contest that will.’ If somebody sends you one of these notices under the probate code, you could be limiting your time to contest that will to a 90-day period if that notice is appropriately served on you. You really want to act fast. A lot of times, people who open estates don’t serve that notice properly. Really, there is a variable time for which you may contest a will. You really want to do it very quickly, though. The best time to contest a will is right away before the letters of administration or order admitting the will to probate are admitted.”