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Can someone bring a lawsuit regarding personal injury, death, or property damage in a probate court? Let’s look at the case of Gonzalez v. Reliant Energy Co. to find out. Legal Terminology Anti-suit Injunction A remedy issued by a court in one jurisdiction that prohibits a litigant from initiating or continuing litigation in another jurisdiction....
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If you are involved in a probate matter in Texas, it is important to be aware of the restricted appeal process. This process can limit your ability to challenge certain decisions made by the court, so it is important to understand how it works before you find yourself in that situation. This case helps shed...
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How to Handle Small Estates in Texas If you find yourself in the position of having to handle a small estate in Texas with limited assets, there are some steps you can take to make the process as smooth as possible. First, you’ll need to obtain a certified copy of the death certificate from the...
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Probate is the process of administering a deceased person’s property and assets in accordance with their estate plan. At times, this can lead to disputes over the ownership and distribution of their assets. The court may be called upon to adjudicate these disputes and determine the rightful owner of property in an estate. In doing...
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When someone dies with a will in Texas, the court will follow the instructions in the will to distribute the deceased person’s assets. However, if there are any questions about the will or if anyone challenges it, the court may get involved to make sure that the assets are distributed according to Texas probate law....
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Texas law makes it clear that identifying probate property is a duty. It has to be done and the personal representative has to do it. But there are no set rules for how to identify property that the decedent owned or had an interest in. At a minimum, one must review the financial records that...
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Can You Be Released from Liability in an Independent Administration? If you’ve been named as the independent administrator of a Texas probate estate, you may be wondering if you can be released from liability. The answer depends on a number of factors, including the size and complexity of the estate, and whether or not there...
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Amount in Controversy and Probate Jurisdiction Amount in controversy simply refers to the amount of money that is being disputed in a case. Courts may have limits on the amount of controversy that they can hear disputes over. For example, a smaller county court may only be able to hear cases where the amounts in...
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Introduction If you are the beneficiary of an inheritance but are currently incarcerated, you may be wondering if you can still receive your inheritance. The answer depends on the state in which you are incarcerated and the type of inheritance you are receiving. Read on to find out more about how to receive an inheritance...
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Introduction The writ of mandamus is a judicial mandate issued by a higher court to force a lower court or government official to perform their duties. This is not an order issued by the Supreme Court, but rather can be issued by any other court that has jurisdiction over the lower court in question. Sometimes,...
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