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If you’re dealing with the passing of a loved one in Texas, this category is dedicated to helping you understand the probate administration process. Our team of experienced attorneys is here to guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have. We provide valuable information on probate timelines, inventory and appraisal, creditor claims, distribution of assets, and more.

Our Houston Probate Attorneys provide a full range of probate services to our clients. Affordable rates, fixed fees, and payment plans are available. We provide step-by-step instructions, guidance, checklists, and more for completing the probate process. We have years of combined experience we can use to support and guide you with probate and estate matters. Call us today for a FREE attorney consultation.

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Jun

How to Inherit Life Insurance in Texas

Inheriting life insurance can provide financial security for loved ones in Texas, but it’s important to understand the legal requirements and processes involved. From designating a beneficiary to filing a claim and receiving the death benefit, there are certain rules and regulations to follow. Life insurance inheritance in Texas, including the death benefit, beneficiary rules,...
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02
Jun

Are You an “Interested Party” After Receiving Benefits from a Will?

The distribution of assets after someone passes away can be a complex and contentious process. This is particularly true when it comes to interpreting a will. One issue that can arise is whether someone who has already received benefits from a will is still considered an “interested party” in the estate. If they are not...
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02
Jun

What is a Texas Affidavit of Heirship?

An affidavit of heirship can be a useful tool for heirs who want to avoid the time and expense of the probate process, as well as protect their rights and ensure a smooth transfer of property. It is usually only used when the estate consists of real estate–not bank or other financial accounts–and the decedent...
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Jun

To Whom Do Executors Owe a 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 exists between a fiduciary...
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02
Jun

“I Didn’t Know” Defense for Not Complying with Probate Deadlines

When someone dies with a will, it may not always be self-evident that the will has to be admitted to probate. This is often the case in estates where all of the assets pass to a surviving spouse. The surviving spouse may assume that they automatically succeed to title to all assets. And they may...
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Jun

When Is a Probate Estate Legally Closed in Texas?

When someone goes through the process of probating an estate, this usually means that they will have to gather, manage, and distribute the deceased’s assets. This process can take quite some time in a Texas probate. In fact, in most cases, the probate administration is never closed. The probate stays open indefinitely. The In re...
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Jun

How to Handle Small Estates in Texas with Limited Assets

Not everyone has significant assets when they die. Some of us die owning just a bank account, a no-so-expensive home, some personal effects, or a combination of these assets. While the value of these assets may be nominal, they still have value and, likely, there are heirs that would like to have the assets. This...
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02
Jun

Can a Beneficiary in Prison Receive an Inheritance?

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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02
Jun

Proving Up a Testamentary Trust When the Trust Document is Lost

When a person dies, their will must be probated in order to distribute their assets according to their wishes. In most cases, the original will is presented to the court for probate. This can be tricky when the original will is lost. But what happens if the lost will includes language that creates a trust?...
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Jun

Is a Probate Attorney a Legal Requirement in Texas?

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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