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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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If you’re like most people, you probably don’t think too much about what would happen to your retirement account if you died. But it’s actually a pretty important question, especially if you live in Texas. In Texas, inherited retirement accounts are subject to some pretty strict rules. For example, if you die before you’ve reached...
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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 is the legal process of overseeing the distribution of a person’s estate after they die. It can be complicated and time-consuming, but fortunately there are people who can help make it happen – namely, probate attorneys. In this article, we’ll explore what probate attorneys do, who can initiate a probate in Texas, and some...
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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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Probate is a court process that kicks in when someone dies. As this case shows, if you are a potential executor of a will and don’t file for probate within the allotted time, you might not get a second chance. Terminology Holographic Will: A holographic will is a will that is entirely handwritten and signed...
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In a recent case, St. John v. Hearne, a Texas probate court granted a bill of review but did not dispose of contested issues. The Court of Appeals noted that granting a bill of review does not terminate the proceedings and is not equivalent to final judgment for purposes of appeal. Legal Terminology Interlocutory Appeal...
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