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Jack Manhire
The “order of no administration” is one of the alternatives to a full probate. It is used when the estate has some assets, but the award of a family allowance would exceed the value of the assets. Since the family allowance is paid before nearly all other claims to the estate assets, there is no...
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In Texas, probate court is the venue in which family members, friends, and business associates can contest a will. The Texas Estates Code sets out rules for how the court should handle these disputes. You might be wondering, if evidence of past misconduct toward an estate can be admitted as evidence to prove undue influence....
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Introduction: Filing or Contesting a Will Texas Probate Court is the court in charge of handling the probate process for deceased persons who resided in Texas. This includes distributing their assets to heirs and resolving any debts or claims against the estate. The court also has jurisdiction over guardianship and conservatorship matters involving incapacitated adults...
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Introduction: Making a Valid Last Will and Testament For your will to be valid in Texas, you must have testamentary capacity. Testamentary capacity means that you understand the nature and extent of your property and that you’re aware of the natural objects of your affection. You must also be able to understand that you’re making...
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Excluding Witness Testimony A court may exclude a witness testimony from a suit for several reasons. This exclusion will be upheld so long as the court did not abuse its discretion in doing so. What constitutes an abuse of discretion? Morrow v. H.E.B., Inc. discusses this. Probate Case Morrow v. H.E.B., Inc., 714 S.W.2d 297...
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If you die without a will in Corpus Christi, Texas, your estate may go to your spouse, children, parents, or other relatives as dictated by state law. However, this is not always the case. If you have any assets or debts that you want to leave to someone other than your spouse, then you will...
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Introduction After a loved one passes away, you may be wondering what needs to be done in order to settle their estate. If they left behind a will, the process of probating it in El Paso, Texas is relatively simple. In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps you’ll need to take in order...
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Introduction If you have lost a loved one in Texas, there are a few things you will need to do in order to get their affairs in order. This includes locating important documents, notifying the appropriate people and agencies, and making funeral arrangements. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you through this difficult time....
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Introduction So, your property was condemned by the city’s eminent domain power. Now what? If this happened to you in Texas, you might be wondering if the land that is being taken is considered as one tract or not. Luckily, there’s an answer to this question. It turns out, if your land is divided into...
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Probating an Estate with or without a Will After a person dies, their estate must be managed according to the laws of the state in which they resided. This process is called estate administration, and it can be complex and overwhelming, especially if you are already grieving the loss of a loved one. This article...
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