Having an attorney who is familiar with the county where your case will be filed has its advantages. There are benefits to having a lawyer who is comfortable with the procedures in your specific court. Comfort that comes from knowing what the judges and the court staff expect. This can help streamline the process and allow the attorney to plan the case very efficiently from the … [Read more...] about Local Attorney Comfort Level is a Plus
If you have recently been to a Texas probate court and been granted Letters Testamentary, you will be asked how many certified copies you need. How should you determine this? The first thing that you should do is to make a list of the property that needs to be transferred. Chances are that your attorney already has asked you for this information, probably at your first meeting. However, you … [Read more...] about How Many Certified Letters Testamentary Should You Order?
Losing a loved one is already upsetting. Finding out that their will is nowhere to be found can make things seem overwhelming. If this has happened to you, there are some things that can be done. First, find a copy of the will. A copy of the will may be able to be probated. This will require you to prove to the judge that the copy is legitimate. Witnesses will be needed to come to court, to … [Read more...] about Help! My Loved One Died and I Lost the Original Will!
The May 2013 AARP Bulletin has an excellent article about being an executor of an estate. The article urges that anyone who is going to make that promise or take on that responsibility should know the practical aspects of the job they are signing up to do. Specifically, anyone who is going to accept an appointment as executor should first ask himself/herself whether they have the time, skills, … [Read more...] about What you Need To Know About Being an Executor
Once a Texas will has been properly drafted and executed, the original should be kept in a safe place. This should be a place that is dry and safe, such as a fireproof box. The will may also be kept in a safe deposit box, however, this is not always the best option because it will be less accessible. A safe deposit box should only be used if someone other than the testator (person who signed the … [Read more...] about Can a Copy of a Will be Probated in Texas?