Should I file found wills

My parent’s first wills were
hidden from me upon the death of
my parents, a third will was
offered for probate by my cousin
who is the total beneficiary and
inheritee of this third will,
which I contested… my
cousin produced the first two
original wills. Should I file
these two wills?

Asked on September 11, 2016 under Estate Planning, Texas


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

With multiple wills, especially when you are contesting the will offered by your cousin, you really need to hire a probate attorney to help you sort this issue out.
That said, as a general rule, only the latest will is in effect; later-created wills replace and invalidate earlier wills, unless the later will specifically says that it only amends or makes some changes to the earlier will(s), and that apart from the new terms in the later will, the earlier will(s) is(are) still in effect.

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