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Are Life Insurance Proceeds Taxable?

Section 101 of the Internal Revenue Code generally provides that the proceeds from a life insurance policy are generally tax-free to the recipient if the recipient is the beneficiary of the policy and is receiving the proceeds as a result of the death of the insured. There are some exceptions to this general rule. For […]

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Do You Have to Hire a Probate Attorney in Texas?

Hiring a probate attorney in Texas is generally necessary when administering a probate estate. This is due to a combination of Texas law, which requires representation of the interests of beneficiaries and creditors, and the complexity of the state’s probate laws. In Texas, individuals have the right to represent themselves in legal proceedings, but this […]

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Top 5 Things to Look for in a Texas Probate Attorney

When it comes to selecting a Texas probate attorney, there are many things to consider. Probate is the legal process of administering an estate after someone passes away and involves complex and detailed work. You need an attorney who understands your needs, is knowledgeable about Texas law and has the experience necessary to handle your […]

How to Prove Testamentary Capacity in a Texas Probate Court

A will is a legal document that names how a person’s property will be distributed after their death. In order for a will to be valid, the person must have what is called “testamentary capacity.” This means that they must understand the nature and extent of their property, and must be able to identify the […]

How to Get Bank, Financial, and Mortgage Information after Someone Dies

After someone dies, their bank accounts, financial assets, and mortgage information do not automatically go to the next of kin. In Texas, the process for getting this information is not as straightforward as one might think. In this blog post, we will explore how to get bank, financial, and mortgage information in Texas after someone […]

Fighting Among Relatives, No Will, and Other Things That Can Hold Up Your Texas Probate

No one likes to think about what will happen after they die, but it’s important to have a plan in place. If you don’t, your loved ones may have to deal with a lot of complications. One of the biggest problems they might face is probate. Probate is the legal process of distributing a person’s […]

What If Someone Removes Organs from a Deceased Family Member without Permission?

Dealing with the death of a loved one is an incredibly emotional time. Because it is so sensitive, there are legal remedies that allow members of a decedent’s family to recover for monetary damages if matters are not dealt with properly. One of the remedies is for negligent infliction of mental anguish. What is this? […]

Does a Letter to Your Attorney Count as a Change to Your Will?

Introduction A will is a legal document that dictates what happens to your possessions and assets after you die. In Texas, a will must be in writing and signed by two witnesses, as well as the person making the will (the “testator”). The witnesses cannot be related to the testator by blood or marriage. There […]