Rule 193. Will contests
Any person claiming any interest in an estate may, at any time before
final order of distribution, file a pleading designated "Declaration of
Contest," wherein he shall set forth his interest in the estate and the
nature and basis of his objection to the document or documents offered as the
will of the testator. Before the contest is filed, a copy of it shall be served
on the proponent of the will and acknowledgment of this service shall appear at
the end of the declaration when it is filed. The proponent of the will shall
answer the declaration in the same manner and within the same time as a
complaint in a civil action must be answered. There shall appear at the end of
the declaration and upon the copy served on the proponent of the will, a notice
to the proponent signed by the person filing the declaration directing the
proponent's attention to the time within which answer is required. The contest
shall be placed on the calendar and shall come on for hearing in the same
manner as a civil action.--Added Dec. 17, 1976.
This rule was not intended to expand the substantive rights of the
parties. Caron v. First Pennsylvania Bank, N.A., Terr. Ct. St. T. and St. J.
1979, 16 V.I. 169.
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