By

Jack Manhire
In the Texas case of In re Estate of Capps, the court was faced with the question of whether the decedent’s will had been revoked. According to Texas law, a will can be revoked either by physically destroying it, by making a new will that revokes the old one, or by making a statement indicating...
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What exactly is probate? It’s a legal process that takes place when someone dies, and it involves the distribution of their assets. While this may sound like a simple enough process, there are actually several different types of probate in Texas that you should be aware of if you are dealing with an estate or...
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Estate planning can be a contentious issue, especially when it comes to siblings. A recent article in the Houston Chronicle highlights the story of a man whose parents had a complex estate plan that led to a lengthy legal battle between him and his siblings. The man’s parents had owned a successful business and had...
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When you’re the beneficiary of a Texas trust, there are certain things that you should know. From understanding the different types of trusts in Texas to knowing your rights as a beneficiary, these six things will help you navigate your way through the process. Whether you’re setting up a trust for someone else or establishing...
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Adopting a child is a life-altering experience, and it’s no different in Texas. But the Lone Star State has some unique laws when it comes to adoption that you should be aware of if you’re planning on going through with the process. In this blog post, we’ll discuss one of those laws in particular: how...
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In Texas, there are two types of probate: independent and dependent. Independent probate is when the decedent left a will that names an executor, and dependent probate is when the decedent did not leave a will or the will does not name an executor. If you are named as an executor in a will, you...
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When it comes to estate planning, there are a lot of forms that need to be filled out. And if you’re not an attorney, you may be wondering if filling in these forms is the practice of law in Texas. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at the issue of filling in...
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If you need to file an affidavit of heirship in Texas, there are a few things you’ll need to do first. First, find a notary public or licensed attorney who can notarize the affidavit. Then, gather all of the required documents, which include a death certificate, a copy of the will (if there is one),...
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Appointing a guardian for your child is one of the most important decisions you can make as a parent. It’s a decision that is often made in the event that something happens to you or your spouse. There are many factors to consider when making this decision. You want to appoint someone who is responsible...
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In Texas, if you want to contest a will or trust on the grounds of undue influence, you must be able to show that the person who created the document was unduly influenced by another person. This can be a difficult burden to meet, but it is not impossible. If you suspect that someone unduly...
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