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Introduction: Legal requirements Can making an “X” on a signature line in a will validate the document? The simple answer is: maybe. In Texas, a will must be in writing and signed by the testator (the person making the will) in order to be valid. However, there is no specific requirement as to how the...
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Introduction Proving the adopted status of a family member in Texas can be difficult if you don’t have the right documentation. Learn what you need to know in this blog post. The Importance of Proving Adopted Status When an individual in Texas wants to adopt a family member, they must first prove their status as...
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Introduction If you’re considering adopting a child in Texas, you may be wondering if that child will be considered a descendant of your will. The answer to that question depends on a few different factors. In this blog post, we’ll explore the definition of a “descendant” in Texas and how it applies to adopted children....
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Introduction Adding class descriptions to a Texas will can create class gifts, which can be a great way to divide up your estate among your loved ones. However, it’s important to understand how this works before you make any decisions. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at how adding class descriptions to a...
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Introduction You’ve finally done it. After months of planning and preparation, you have executed your will. But what happens if you need to make a change? Can you simply cross something out and initial it? What if you want to add or delete a beneficiary? The law surrounding wills is complex, and it varies from...
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Introduction If you’re considering a will in Texas, you might be wondering about the signature requirements. Can a signature be on a different page than the will itself? In this blog post, we’ll explore this question and what you need to know if you’re considering a will in Texas. Last will and testament Texas In...
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Introduction In Texas, a will must be in writing and signed by the testator (the person making the will) in the presence of two witnesses. But what happens if the testator only has a written name? Is that considered a valid signature on a Texas will? In this blog post, we will explore the answer...
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Introduction: Texas guardianship laws A guardianship is a court-ordered arrangement in which one person (the “guardian”) is given legal authority to make decisions on behalf of another person (the “ward”). There are two types of guardianships in Texas: 1. Full guardianship – The guardian has authority to make all decisions regarding the ward’s care, including...
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Introduction to Probate Law When a person dies, their assets must go through probate before they can be distributed to the beneficiaries. Probate is the legal process of distributing a person’s assets after they die. If the deceased person had a will, the probate court will follow the instructions in the will. If the deceased...
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Introduction Probate is the legal process of validating a will and distributing a deceased person’s assets to their beneficiaries. In Texas, if someone dies with a valid will, their estate will generally go through probate. However, there are some exceptions. For example, if the estate is small or if all of the assets are held...
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