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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 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 Do I Remove a Family Member From My Will?

How Do I Remove a Family Member From My Will? Making the decision to remove a family member from your will is tough. Yet, life is messy, and this sort of thing happens. If you feel the need to disinherit a family member, then the chances are that your reasons for doing so are warranted. However, making changes to an estate planning document, such as …

Types of Probate Courts in Texas

Types of Probate Courts in Texas There are a variety of types of courts in Texas that have jurisdiction over different kinds of cases. In this article we will generally discuss the Texas court system and explain how probate courts fit within that structure. Austin probate lawyer Farren Sheehan is experienced in court settings and can assist with probate and other …

Family Allowance During Probate Proceedings

Family Allowance During Probate Proceedings Texas Probate law states that a probate court may grant what is termed a “family allowance” to the immediate family members of the deceased. The purpose of the family allowance is to provide support for a deceased person’s family members for a period of one year after the death of the deceased person, whom is …