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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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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...
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Introduction Probate is the legal process of validating a will and distributing a deceased person’s assets to their beneficiaries. In Texas, if someone dies with a valid will, their estate will generally go through probate. However, there are some exceptions. For example, if the estate is small or if all of the assets are held...
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Introduction In Texas, probate courts have the authority to grant relief on matters that are not explicitly stated in the pleadings. This means that if there is an issue that arises during the course of probate proceedings, the court can take action to address it. Texas law gives the court broad powers to do whatever...
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When a person dies, their estate must go through probate in order to be distributed to their heirs. In Texas, probate is handled by the court system, and there are certain rules and procedures that must be followed. One of the key aspects of probate is proving that the will is valid. In some cases,...
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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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