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Probate
It is easy to get caught up in the routine of everyday life. However, the unfortunate reality is that we can never truly predict what will happen. It is important to be ready for the unexpected. One way to accomplish this is to contact an estate planning attorney to have your affairs in order. No…Continue...
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With Memorial Day around the corner, many Houston residents are making their weekend plans. Now that the CDC guidelines have been updated and the number of fully vaccinated people continues to grow, it is no surprise that celebrating with friends and family is top of the list. While Memorial Day is often a day of…Continue...
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Being left behind by a loved one is never easy. This can be made increasingly difficult if the deceased did not make arrangements for what they left behind. Proper estate planning is key to helping your family move forward in your absence. Ray Valdez, an orthopedic surgeon in the Houston-area, made sure to do just…Continue...
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On the first of this month, a shining star left this earth. Olympia Dukakis, perhaps best known for her roles in “Moonstruck” and “Steel Magnolias”, passed away at the age of 89. Dukakis was known for her sharp, witty, and hilarious character work. In her long, successful career she brought dynamic roles to life and…Continue...
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It is generally common knowledge that, in America, citizens have the right to represent themselves in court. So if you are an executor for a will, it makes sense to think that you might not need to hire an attorney. However, this is not necessarily true. When probating a will, the estate and the executor…Continue...
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When estates are left behind, particularly large ones, there is often a dispute. Such is the case with the estate of the late Michael Jackson. Even though he left this earth over a decade ago, the value of aspects of his estate is just now being decided by the courts. Michael Jackson was undoubtedly one…Continue...
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Muniment of title is an alternative to the probate process in Texas. It is cost-efficient.  It is fast–relatively speaking. A Will is required. Instead of appointing you as the executor, the probate court enters an order distributing property according to the Will. And walla! But what if the story does not end there? What if…Continue...
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The “too good to be true” lease. It’s the month-to-month lease agreement for a friend. It’s the lease that charges below-market rent. What happens to the real estate subject to this type of lease when the owner dies? What should you do if you are the personal representative and this property is part of the…Continue...
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The beneficiaries and heirs of a probate estate are not stuck with the distributions set out in the decedent’s will or by Texas intestacy laws. The beneficiaries and heirs can agree among themselves to some other distribution scheme. This usually involves negotiating and recording the agreement in a family settlement agreement. A carefully drafted settlement…Continue...
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Our Texas probate laws provide for independent administrations. The term “independent administration” means a probate that has very little court supervision or involvement. The “independent executor” is left to themselves to know and follow the law. This is why many executors prefer to serve as dependent administrators. They prefer having the court make the difficult…Continue...
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