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Contacted about a will

I was contacted by a letter of
a notice of probate of will for
my aunt and I’m listed as next
of kin but nothing is left to
me in the will. I’m not sure
why I would be contacted
considering I’m a grand niece.
My great-aunt had no husband or

Asked on February 2, 2017 under Estate Planning, Texas


B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Attorneys or administrators will often reach out to "potential" heirs to let them know that the estate is being probated and that they have not been listed as an heir.  The purpose is to put any potential heirs on notice in the event they wish to challenge this determination.  If they do not, then they risk the estate being re-opened a year or two down the road by a late claim of a potential heir.  It basically assists in insuring the finality of any probate judgments.

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