Courts have deadlines for a reason. They need to keep things moving and make sure that everybody has a fair chance. If one side is allowed to miss important deadlines, they have an unfair advantage. The busier a court is, the more important its deadlines are. Some of the busiest courts in our country are Probate courts. You cannot afford to miss a deadline in Probate court, just ask Richard Thornton.
Thornton is a man who seemed to come out of nowhere. He claimed to be the half-brother of recently deceased actor Sherman Hemsley, the man who played George Jefferson. No one else stepped up to verify Thornton’s claim. It was denied by everyone else involved with the actor. Thornton sought to contest Hemsley’s Will. If he can prove his familial relationship claim, he has a good chance of winning. A recent DNA test proved Thornton’s claim. However, that does not matter because Thornton missed the deadline set by the Probate Court to submit the DNA test results. They will not be considered and Thornton is left without proof of his claim.
Do not miss deadlines in Probate Court. Make sure you have an experienced Probate attorney to assist you.
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