What to do if I was served a subpoena to show up in probate court concerning my late father-in-laws property?

When my husbands father and step mom died they left their estate to their children (my husband passed away right after} or if their child (my late husband) were deceased, their issue. I want to know if I don’t show up in court for the probate hearing, what will happen. Will be arrested for not appearing or just lose anything I might be entitled to?

Asked on July 19, 2012 under Estate Planning, Texas


Evan Guthrie / Evan Guthrie Law Firm

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

It is alays a good idea to show upt to court when subpoenaed. The probate court can hold you in contempt if you fail to appear and there can be consequences.

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