What To Do When Someone Dies Without A Will

What is a Small Estate Affidavit?

Some people die without a Will but have very little in terms of probate assets. They may have owned a modest home, and had a small checking and savings account, but nothing more. In such situations, probate seems like overkill. “Is there an easier way?” I often get asked. In Texas, heirs can take advantage of … Read More

Who May File an Application to Determine Heirship in Texas?

When an individual dies without a Will, a procedure called a Determination of Heirship proceeding can be filed establish the deceased individual’s rightful heirs. An application to determine heirship may be filed by any of the following people: The “qualified personal representative of the estate” in cases where there has been no administration of an … Read More

How Do I Settle the Estate of a Person Who Dies Without a Will in Texas?

There are several methods of settling an estate of someone who dies without a valid will in Texas: Small Estate Affidavit A small estate affidavit can be used when the value of a decedent’s estate is $50,000 or less, not counting the value of a homestead and other exempt property, and the total assets exceed … Read More