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Introduction The process of probate can be a long and complicated one, especially if the estate in question is large. But what if the estate is small? In Texas, there is a process known as a small estate affidavit that can be used in these cases. In this blog post, we will walk you through...
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Introduction to Probate Law When a person dies, their assets must go through probate before they can be distributed to the beneficiaries. Probate is the legal process of distributing a person’s assets after they die. If the deceased person had a will, the probate court will follow the instructions in the will. If the deceased...
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Legal Terminology In Limine hearing: A procedure that allows parties to exclude evidence from a jury Uninterested persons: Anyone who has a property right or claim against the estate being administered Probate Law Case Sheffield v. Scott, 620 S.W.2d 691, 693 (Tex. App. — Houston [14th Dist.] 1981, writ ref’d n.r.e.) Facts and Procedural History...
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Introduction Inheriting life insurance in Texas is a process that requires some understanding of the law. It can be confusing, but it’s important to know what to do if you are the beneficiary of a life insurance policy. In this blog post, we will walk you through the process of inheriting life insurance in Texas....
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A Texas affidavit of heirship is a legal document that declares someone as the heir to an estate. This document can be used when there is no living blood relative who can inherit the estate. The person who signs the affidavit is called the “heir representative.” What is an affidavit of heirship? An affidavit of...
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Law terms Texas Probate Code Ann., Rule 31 [now Texas Estates Code]: Any person interested may, by a bill of review filed in the court in which the probate proceedings were had, have any decision, order, or judgment rendered by the court, or by the judge thereof, revised and corrected on showing error therein; but...
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If you’re like most people, you probably don’t think too much about what would happen to your retirement account if you died. But it’s actually a pretty important question, especially if you live in Texas. In Texas, inherited retirement accounts are subject to some pretty strict rules. For example, if you die before you’ve reached...
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Probate is a court process that kicks in when someone dies. As this case shows, if you are a potential executor of a will and don’t file for probate within the allotted time, you might not get a second chance. Terminology Holographic Will: A holographic will is a will that is entirely handwritten and signed...
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Negligence and Fiduciary Duty A fiduciary is a person who holds a legal or ethical relationship of trust with another party. If a person is a fiduciary, they have what is called a fiduciary duty to that party. A fiduciary duty can exist in several special relationships or circumstances and the type of duty that...
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Legal Terminology Impleaded: To bring in a third party to a lawsuit who might be liable to either the plaintiff or the defendant. Probate Case Klein v. Dimock, 705 S.W.2d 405 (Tex. App. – Fort Worth 1986, writ ref’d n.r.e.) Facts & Procedural History L.A. Klein (Testator) and his wife, Mary Louise, executed a joint...
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