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Introduction If you are the beneficiary of an inheritance but are currently incarcerated, you may be wondering if you can still receive your inheritance. The answer depends on the state in which you are incarcerated and the type of inheritance you are receiving. Read on to find out more about how to receive an inheritance...
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What If I Don’t Believe That A Will Is Valid?: How to Contest or Dispute a Will If you don’t believe that a will is valid, there are a few things you can do. You can file a petition with the court to have the will probated, or you can file an objection to the...
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When someone dies, their estate must go through the probate process. This is true whether or not the deceased had a will. Probate is the legal process of settling an estate, and it can be complicated. In Texas, the court may require that an attorney handle the probate process, depending on the size and complexity...
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What happens when a person’s original will cannot be found and therefore proved in court? What constitutes non-production of a will? When will a trust be terminated? All of these questions are answered in the case In re Estate of Catlin. Probate Case In re Estate of Catlin, 311 S.W.3d 697 (Tex. App. 2010). Facts...
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Temporary Administration in Texas The court is required to appoint a temporary administrator if the judge determines that there is an immediate need to appoint a personal representative. The courts do not favor temporary administrations. They are often viewed as an unnecessary expense. The party seeking a temporary administration has to convince the court that...
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If you’re not happy with the executor appointed to oversee your estate, you may be able to object to the appointment. Here’s what you need to know. Legal Terminology Letters Testamentary Court-issued documents that are used to enforce the terms created by a deceased person within their will Letters of Temporary Administration Temporary Letters of...
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Do You Need a Texas Death Certificate for the Probate Process? The death certificate is generally needed to start the probate process. A death certificate must be filed with the State of Texas within 10 days of death. This time frame is not always met. When there are questions about the cause of death or...
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The credibility of a witness’ testimony is often a deciding factor in a court case. A recent study has found that the majority of young people who have been involved in the juvenile justice system do not believe that their testimony is credible. This is sometimes applicable in probate administration cases, and in probate litigation....
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If you are named as the executor of a will, you’ll be in charge of managing the deceased person’s estate. The executor is the personal representative. However, you might be disqualified from serving as the executor if you don’t meet certain criteria under Texas state law. The Probate Case In re Estate of Gaines, 262....
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Community property laws are a factor in many estates that require a probate proceeding. Community property, also known as marital community property, is similar to joint tenancy. Under joint tenancy, both spouses own all property equally, and upon the death of one spouse, his or her interest in the property is automatically transferred to the...
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