If you have no spouse or children, you may wonder what will happen to your property if you die without a will in Texas. Will the state just take your money? What Does it Mean to Die Without Heirs? "Dying without heirs" is usually said when someone dies with no close relatives. But, under Texas law, even more distant relatives can inherit, if necessary. People often believe that if they die … [Read more...] about Are You Heirless?
Covid-19 Tip # 17: What if you Need to File for Probate During Covid-19?
Abra esta publicación para ver el enlace en español. If you are reading this because a loved one recently passed, or is very ill, we extend our heartfelt sympathies. We hope that in some small way, having information about this difficult situation can help ease your worry just a tiny bit. If a loved one has died due to Covid-19, or during this pandemic, you may be wondering what to do. … [Read more...] about Covid-19 Tip # 17: What if you Need to File for Probate During Covid-19?
Should Your Adult Child Now be Named as Executor of Your Will?
If you have a Last Will and Testament that was created before your child turned 18 years old, you may now want to consider updating it. Updating a will can be done by either 1) having a new will that takes the place of the old one; or 2) doing a "codicil" which is a specifically worded and witnessed legal document that attaches to the current will. Once your child is an adult, you can … [Read more...] about Should Your Adult Child Now be Named as Executor of Your Will?
Probate Guidelines in Texas
I enjoy sharing information with our readers to help them navigate the confusing legal process. Harris County, Texas has some excellent information about probate on their "helpful guidelines" page . This information can help you understand what to look for in a will, how property passes in the State of Texas if the person doesn't have a Will, what to do if more than 4 years has passed since … [Read more...] about Probate Guidelines in Texas
The Many Faces of Fraud- Part I of 2
Unfortunately, this is a big topic. There are many varieties of fraud and this post will cover a few of the most common, as well as give some tips on how to deal with fraud, and how to avoid it in the first place! This first blog will cover the fraud perpetrated by strangers.... the next one will give you some options in the case of a known perpetrator. Telemarketing Fraud: Telemarketing fraud … [Read more...] about The Many Faces of Fraud- Part I of 2
Can a Copy of a Will be Probated in Texas?
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?