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…

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How to Clean out and Care for a Home After Someone Passes

When a loved one passes away, cleaning out the house can feel like an impossible task. Not only is it difficult to know what needs to be done in a practical sense but it is emotionally devastating. Keeping organized is key.   There are legal, practical and humanitarian considerations. First…

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What Are my Duties as an Executor?

So, you have gone through the Texas probate process and you are now a new Executor of the Estate. How much is going to be on your plate? What comes next? Here is what you need to know: The process doesn’t end when you are appointed. In fact, your work…

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How Many Certified Letters Testamentary Should You Order?

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.…

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How Many Death Certificates Should You Order?

If a loved one recently passed and you are in charge of arrangements, you will need to decide how many death certificates to order. This is often taken care of by the funeral director as part of the funeral arrangements. Here is a general list to show how many certificates…

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Now that You are Ready to Sign your Will ….

Once you have visited with your attorney, given careful consideration to the contents of your Last Will and Testament, and filled out and returned any forms that your attorney has requested, your will is drafted and ready for your review. This post is a guide for our clients at Kalish…

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Adult Adoption in Texas- Why, When and How Does it Affect Inheritance?

There are many reasons why an adoption may be commenced after the potential adoptee turns 18.  In an adult adoption the biological parent or parents do not have to be contacted or give their consent as they would if the adoption were for a minor child. Therefore a stepparent who…

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