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Standards for Appointing a Guardian in Texas

In Texas, the appointment of a guardian is a legal process that is governed by the Texas Probate Code. The primary goal of this process is to ensure that the best interests of the person who is unable to care for themselves, known as the “ward,” are protected. The appointment of a guardian is often […]

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Jurisdiction and Venue in Texas Probate Courts

Jurisdiction and venue are two important concepts in the field of probate law, and they are particularly relevant to the probate courts of Texas. In this article, we will take a closer look at what these terms mean, and how they affect the probate process in Texas. Jurisdiction Jurisdiction refers to the authority of a […]

How Do I Find a Will?

When someone passes away, it is important to determine whether they had a valid will in place. This can be accomplished through a careful search for the document. If a will is located, it will guide the distribution of the decedent’s assets in accordance with their wishes. If no will is found, it may be […]

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 […]

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The 2023 Increases to Federal Estate & Gift Tax Exclusions

The IRS has announced that it will be increasing the estate and gift tax exclusions for 2023. This means that more money can be passed on to heirs without being subject to taxes. For those who are planning their estates, this is good news. However, it also means that more people will be subject to […]

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How Do I Probate a Will in Texas?

Probating a will is the process of proving the validity of a will in court. It is generally required when someone dies with assets in their name that need to be transferred to beneficiaries. The probate process can be complicated, so it is important to have an experienced attorney by your side. If you are […]

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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 […]

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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 […]