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Where Should A Will Be Probated In Texas?

According to Section 33.001 of the Texas Estates Code, a will should be admitted to probate in the Texas county where the decedent was domiciled or had…

Is an Executor Required to be a US Citizen?

I recently received a phone call from someone whose wife was not a US Citizen. The caller wondered whether his wife could nevertheless serve as an executor…

Can a Convicted Felon be an Executor in Texas?

I received a email recently from someone asking whether a convicted felon can serve as an executor in Texas. The individual who contacted me had two…

Do I Need an Attorney to Probate a Will in Texas?

I get phone calls and emails each week from Texans who have lost friends and family members. Often, they have been named as independent…

Can The Beneficiary Of My Estate Also Be My Executor?

I’ve received several emails the past few weeks asking whether it is possible for a beneficiary of an estate to also serve as executor. Naming someone as…

Can a Non-Resident Serve as Executor of My Estate?

Ideally, we would all live near our loved ones. However, the reality of our global economy is that family members often live in another…

What is a Muniment of Title?

Full administration of an estate is not always necessary. If an estate has no unpaid debts, except those secured by real property, and administration is not…

Who Has Authority to Probate a Will?

Although it is the Executor named in a Will who typically files the Will for probate, the Texas Estates Code provides a Will can…