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Common Estate Planning Goals

Estate planning is an important process that helps to ensure that a person’s wishes are carried out after they pass away or become incapacitated. This process allows individuals to make decisions about their finances, property, and healthcare in advance, so that their loved ones and healthcare providers know how to act on their behalf if […]

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Filing Inventory in Texas Probate

It is important to understand the legal requirements when it comes to estate administration. Filing the inventory, appraisement, and list of claims of the estate is a crucial step that must be taken within 90 days after qualification. Failure to do so can result in severe consequences, including the removal of the personal representative and […]

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Independent Administration in Texas

When someone passes away, their estate typically goes through the probate process to distribute their assets to heirs or beneficiaries. In some cases, the personal representative appointed to administer the estate is granted broad powers to manage and distribute assets without court supervision, in what is known as an independent administration. An independent administration can […]

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Letters Testamentary in Texas

After a person passes away, there is often a lot that needs to be done to settle their affairs and distribute their property. This can be a complicated and time-consuming process, especially if the person had significant assets or debts. One of the first steps in this process is for a personal representative to apply […]

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Family Settlement Agreement Instead of a Probate

The process of probate administration can be lengthy, complicated, and costly. Fortunately, Texas law provides various alternatives to a full probate administration. These alternatives include a small estate affidavit, an affidavit of heirship, and a family settlement agreement. While each of these options has its own unique set of requirements and limitations, a family settlement […]