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Jack Manhire
In Texas, it is not possible to make an affidavit based on belief alone. You must have knowledge of a fact in order for the affidavit to be valid under Texas law. To understand this better, let’s look at the 1996 case, Williams v. Bagley. Legal Terminology Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 682: No...
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Introduction: Should You Have a Texas Will? If you die without a will in Texas, your assets will go to your closest relatives according to state law. This may not be what you want. A will lets you decide who gets your assets when you die. A will is a legal document that says how...
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Introduction: When Can Probate Be Disputed in Texas? Probate is the legal process of transferring a person’s property and assets after they die. If you are named in a will as an executor, it is your responsibility to see that the probate process goes smoothly. However, there are certain situations in which probate can be...
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Probate Law without a Will The process for probating an estate when there is no will is similar to probating a will. There are several notable differences, including the heirship proceeding and the attorney ad litem. To start the probate court process, the applicant will file the following documents: Application to be appointed, Application for...
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A Texas Transfer on Death Deed is a way to transfer real property to someone else upon your death without going through probate. The deed must be properly signed and notarized, and it must be filed with the county clerk in the county where the property is located. What is a Texas Transfer on Death...
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Even with the simplified probate process in Texas, probate can still be a long, complicated process for some that can be enormously frustrating for loved ones who are trying to manage a deceased person’s estate. While avoiding probate may be the best option in some cases, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons before...
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Huitron v. Kaye, 2022 UT 36 (Utah 2022) The Utah Supreme Court reversed the lower court, which had denied the defendant’s motion for partial summary judgment. The Supreme Court ruled that since the plaintiff did not file his personal injury lawsuit in time, he was limited to pursuing what money was held by the estate....
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Probate law is a legal system that governs the estate of a deceased person. A will settlement is a legal process by which an estate is settled, usually after the death of the person who made the will. The process of settling a will can be complicated and can involve negotiations between family members over...
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While it is not a pleasant topic to think about, disinheritance – being cut out of a will – is a reality that many people face. If you have been disinherited, it is important to understand your legal rights and options. You might have questions such as What are the grounds for disinheritance in Texas?...
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Duties and responsibilities to will beneficiaries under Texas estate law You may be honored to take on the responsibility of being the executor of your loved one’s will, or you may not want to deal with it. However, you do have a choice – despite how you feel, you are able to say no and...
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