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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?...
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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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A structured settlement is a type of annuity that is typically used to resolve personal injury claims. In Texas, if you have reached a settlement in your personal injury case, you may be able to transfer your structured settlement payments to another party. This process is known as a “request for transfer.” What is a...
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11Standard of Sound Mind to Execute a Valid Will
Who will serve as personal representative after you’ve passed on? Many people think about this while planning their estate, but it’s important to know who is eligible to serve and who will serve by default if you don’t name a personal representative properly. Selecting The Personal Representative (Executor vs Administrator) Specialized knowledge, training or experience...
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11probate documents
When someone dies with a will in Texas, the court will follow the instructions in the will to distribute the deceased person’s assets. However, if there are any questions about the will or if anyone challenges it, the court may get involved to make sure that the assets are distributed according to Texas probate law....
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11Protection through guardianship
Testamentary capacity refers to a person’s ability to create a valid will. This ability deals both with being of legal age to create a will (18) and the mental capacity of the person making the will. Undue Influence occurs when a person acts under the influence of another rather than of their own free will...
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A McLennan County judge will not dismiss the 2003 handwritten will of Texas music legend Billy Joe Shaver, which purportedly leaves his estate to his nephew. The nephew of another country music legend, Willie Nelson, originally made the request to throw out the will. Tommy Witherspoon of KWTX reports the following: The ruling by County...
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11DFW Skyline Day Dallas Probate Attorney
Funeral Costs & Last Expenses Paying for the Last Expenses Planning the funeral of a loved one can be very stressful. When a person dies, there will be a question as to how and when their funeral and last expenses are to be paid. Even if there is a will, unless the decedent is survived...
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To be legally valid, a will must be signed by the testator, or maker of the will, in front of two witnesses. A will must also be signed by the testator with “a standard of sound mind”, which means that at the time the will was created, the testator was of sound mind and knew...
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11When Do Probate Courts Not Hear Probate Issues?
A probate court is a court having jurisdiction over probate matters and the administration of decedents’ estates. But when does the probate court not hear probate issues? Bell v. Hinkle, 562 S.W.2d 35 (Tex. Civ. App. – Houston [14th Dist.] 1978, no writ) Terminology Intestate: someone who failed to make a will prior to their...
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