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Introduction The law in Texas is clear that a person must have the mental capacity to execute a will. A testator’s mental capacity at the time of execution can be inferred from circumstantial evidence, such as when an individual executes a document with language that is inconsistent with the individual’s usual practices. If there’s doubt...
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Application for Probate More Than 4 Years After Testator’s Death A will may not be submitted to probate after the fourth anniversary of a testator’s (person who made the will) death unless it is shown that the person applying for probate was not in default in failing to bring it to probate sooner. Here default...
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In a recent case, St. John v. Hearne, a Texas probate court granted a bill of review but did not dispose of contested issues. The Court of Appeals noted that granting a bill of review does not terminate the proceedings and is not equivalent to final judgment for purposes of appeal. Legal Terminology Interlocutory Appeal...
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Default for failing to file? Default at Law A default is the failure to do something required by law or the failure to comply with a contractual obligation. When it comes to filing a will for probate, there is a timeline that the filer must comply with in order to avoid being found in default....
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Legal Terminology Muniment of Title/Deed: Means there is no need for administration of the estate. This allows for a will to be probated quickly and cost-efficiently. Administration of an Estate: Allows for the management of the liabilities and assets of a deceased person. Probate Case In re Estate of Kurtz, 54 S.W.3d 353 (Tex. App....
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In a person’s will, they may leave either personal or real property to an entity rather than to an individual. They could leave land to a city, business, organization, county, or the like. What happens when there is a suit against a county rather than an individual? What is the controlling law and how is...
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The answer to this question depends on the jurisdiction in which the case is being tried. Some jurisdictions allow for the admission of such documents, while others do not. In general, however, the answer is yes, documents connected to prior claims are admissible in court if they have a sufficient connection to the matter at...
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After a loved one dies, their property must go through probate court in order to be transferred to the rightful heirs. If you are named as the executor in the will, you will be responsible for ensuring that the process goes smoothly. Here’s what you need to know about transferring a case to probate court....
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An executor is a person who has the legal right to manage an estate during and after the probate process. An executor is also referred to as an administrator, personal representative or estate trustee. But is an executor a “party of interest” to other proceedings, especially non probate proceedings? Legal Terminology Doctrine of Res Judicata:...
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What Is a Probate Court Appointed Receiver? A probate court receiver is an impartial third party who oversees a deceased person’s estate. If you’re the executor of an estate, you may have to ask the court to appoint a probate court receiver to handle the estate. But can you contest a receiver appointed by the...
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