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Transfer-On-Death Designations in Texas

Transfer-On-Death Designations in Texas When it comes to estate planning in Texas, there are many different tools and strategies available. One option that is often overlooked, but can be incredibly useful, is the use of the transfer-on-death (“TOD”) designation. This designation can allow you to name beneficiaries for certain assets, which will then pass to […]

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Estate Planning With Pour-Over Wills in Texas: A Case Study

A pour-over will can be used in situations where privacy is a concern. This is especially true if the pour-over will is combined with a living trust. In this case study, we will explore the probate process of a pour-over will involving real estate owned by the decedent for 66 years. We will discuss the […]

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What to Do When Your Parent Passes Away Without a Will in Texas

Losing a loved one is never easy, and the process can become even more complicated when the deceased has not left a will. When this someone passes away without a will in Texas, the assets of the deceased will be distributed according to the intestacy laws of Texas. These laws can be complex, and if […]

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Inherited Jewelry in Probate: A Texas Case Study

When a loved one passes away, their assets must be distributed to their beneficiaries. This process is known as probate and it can be a complicated and confusing process. In this article, we will explore the probate process in Texas and how it applies to the estate of Mrs. T and Inherited Jewelry in Probate. […]

Do I Need a Comprehensive Estate Plan?

As a resident of Texas, you understand the importance of protecting your assets and providing for your loved ones. Estate planning is a critical step in ensuring that your wishes are honored and your family is taken care of after you pass. In this blog post, we’ll outline the benefits of creating a comprehensive estate […]

Inheriting Real Property in Texas: A Guide to the Probate Process

The death of a loved one can be a difficult and emotional time, and when a will is involved, it can add an additional layer of complexity to an already challenging situation. If the deceased owned real property in Texas, the process of transferring ownership can become even more complicated. This is because Texas law […]

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When Distributions Aren’t Made According to the Will

This is a Case Study analysis on the facts of Patrick v. Patrick, 182 S.W.3d 433 (Tex. App. – Austin 2005, no pet.), as if it were to be decided today. It is not an analysis of the court’s holding in this case. Introduction Probate law governs the distribution of a deceased person’s assets. In […]

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Unprobated IRAs: A Texas Probate Law Case Study

When a loved one passes away, it can be a difficult and overwhelming time for surviving family members. One of the tasks that often needs to be addressed is the distribution of the decedent’s assets. In Texas, if a person dies with a will, the will must be probated in order for the assets to […]

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The Importance of Updating a Will: A Texas Family’s Story

Probate law can be a complex and daunting process, especially when it comes to distributing the assets of a deceased person. In this blog post, we will take a closer look at a case study involving Texas probate law, and the specific challenges that arise when a will is overwritten by a codicil. We will […]

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What Is the Correct Standard of Review on a Probate Appeal?

When a person passes away, their assets and property must be distributed according to their will or, if they did not leave a will, according to state law. This process is known as probate. In Texas, probate proceedings take place in the probate court, and any disputes that arise during the process can be appealed […]