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How Much Does Probate Cost in Texas?

How Much Does Probate Cost in Texas? For many people thinking about probating a will, the costs are a big concern. Some may consider independent administration as an alternative. Texas law allows a streamlined process of probating Wills called independent administration. However, the decedents will must be valid to provide for independent administration. This process will allow executors and administrators to perform …

Top Six Estate Planning Tips for Unmarried Couples

Top Six Estate Planning Tips for Unmarried Couples Marriage makes life easier in many ways. If one partner in a marriage becomes incapacitated, then the other spouse can make important healthcare and financial decisions for that person. If one spouse passes away, then any community property passes to the remaining spouse. Unmarried couples often do not have many of these rights. As a result, …

What Are the Three Most Common Reasons to Challenge a Will in Texas?

What Are the Three Most Common Reasons to Challenge a Will in Texas? Wills are typically drafted and amended with the guidance of an experienced attorney. However, errors can occur even under professional supervision. When this happens, a will may no longer be valid and can be contested. Here are the three most common reasons to challenge a will in Texas. Lack of Testamentary Capacity Testamentary capacity refers …

What Are Some Common Misconceptions About a Power of Attorney?

What Are Some Common Misconceptions About a Power of Attorney? In estate planning, a power of attorney is a written legal document that offers power and authority to another person over specific things on your behalf. It allows another person to “step into your shoes” with tasks that can be either very general or extremely specific. In order to be considered a power of attorney, …

What Is the Process of an Informal Probate?

What Is the Process of an Informal Probate? The process of probate involves the compensation of any final expenses and the transferring of property and estate assets to beneficiaries after a person dies. Probate is a legal process, but it does not mean that a probate judge has to be there along every step of the probate process, nor does it mean that …

What Makes a Will Valid in Texas?

What Makes a Will Valid in Texas? Drafting a last will and testament is one of the most important things you can do in the probate process. Without one, Texas intestacy laws will govern the management and distribution of your estate. This could delay and reduce the inheritance your family receives once you have passed. It could also lead to in-fighting over …

How Do the Steps to Probating a Will in Texas Work?

How Do the Steps to Probating a Will in Texas Work? Last month, we discussed the different ways Texas probates estates. We outlined the four methods our state uses to distribute assets to the beneficiaries of an estate. This month, we are examining the details of how to probate a will in Texas. There are 8 steps in the process of distributing estate assets to the …

What Are the Processes of Probating a Will in Texas?

What Are the Processes of Probating a Will in Texas? There are many ways to distribute your assets after you pass. Some people use a trust, others use joint ownership or rely on direct payments from insurance or retirement policies. However, the most commonly used method of passing on property to beneficiaries is drafting a will. But before your beneficiaries can receive their inheritance, your …

How Can I Integrate My Digital Legacy into My Estate Plan?

How Can I Integrate My Digital Legacy into My Estate Plan? While you are creating your estate plan, you might be wondering what will happen to your digital legacy once you pass away. Your digital legacy includes all information related to your online accounts, blogs, social networking identities and digital files that will still be left on the web once you pass away. Many of these …

What Are the Dos and Don’ts of Estate Planning During the Pandemic?

What Are the Dos and Don’ts of Estate Planning During the Pandemic? Since coronavirus entered the U.S., our entire nation has been on lockdown. In this climate, the potential threats that COVID-19 poses have weighed on the minds of Americans. It has prompted many to think about mortality and what their families would do without them. This concern has led many to start preparing their estate. But …