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Florida Fellows InstituteAmerican College of Trust and Estate CounselWill and Trust ContestsWm. Fletcher BelcherSt. Petersburg 1.Nolimitationsperiodsbeginuntilthereisaprobateproceedingbecausewillcontestisdefensivematterraisedinoppositiontopetitiontoprobatewillortorevokeprobate.2.Deadlinesapplicabletoassertinginvalidityofwillinprobateproceeding:TIME LIMITATIONS: CONTESTING WILLS(Including Testamentary Trusts)2 A.Ifformalnoticeofpetitionfortestateadministrationhasbeenserved:Defenses(i.e.,willcontest)mustbeservedwithin20daysafterserviceofformalnotice–validityofwillortestacyofdecedentmaynotbechallengedlater.Rule5.040(a)(1);§733.2123WILL CONTEST DEADLINESIN PROBATE PROCEEDINGS3 B.Ifwilladmittedtoprobatewithoutserviceofformalnoticeofpetitionfortestateadministration,petitiontorevokeprobate(i.e.,willcontest)mustbefiledbytheearlierof:3monthsafterserviceofnoticeofadministration[§733.212(3);Rule5.240(a)and(d);whataboutlaterdiscoveredwill?],orEntryofanorderoffinaldischarge[§733.109(1);§733.212(3);...