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?
There are a lot of factors to consider in whether or not it is worth it to file a probate case. A cost analysis should be part of the decision. Who Can File Probate? In order to file a legal case, you have to have "standing". Simply put, legal standing means that you have a right to file the case, and it affects you in some way. For example, here is a general list: You are a … [Read more...] about Is it Worth it to File in Probate Court?
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?
What’s the first thing that you think of when someone asks you why you should have a will or estate plan in place? “To protect my family”, someone might answer. “To name a guardian for my child,” someone else might say. Someone else might answer, “My attorney helped me with a combination business plan and estate plan so that my personal assets were protected and separate from my business … [Read more...] about What Everyone Should Know About Texas Wills and Estate Planning
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?