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Who Can Contest a Will In Texas?

According to Section 55.001 of the Texas Estates Code, any person interested in an estate can contest a will. The Probate Code defines an “interested” person as:…

Probate Just Got More Private In Texas

One factor that often motivates people to choose revocable trust-based plans as opposed to will-based plans is the privacy trusts afford. Assets within a trust pass…

How is a Personal Representative of an Estate Appointed?

There are three ways in which a personal representative of an estate is appointed: A personal representative can be appointed by a will of a testator,…

How Much Court Involvement Is There In The Probate Process?

In Texas, the level of court involvement in the probate process depends on whether there is a dependent or independent administration. Independent administration Texas allows independent…

Is Probate Always Necessary?

Probate is not necessary for many items of personal property. For example: There are many assets such as life insurance proceeds, IRAs,…

How to Access a Deceased Person’s Safe Deposit Box in Texas?

Many people store important papers such as life insurance policies, wills and other important documents in safe deposit boxes to keep them secure.  When they die,…

What To Do When a Loved One Dies?

Candice Aiston, an Oregon estate planning attorney, recently wrote an excellent article that explains the things that should be done when…

Say What? Probate Terminology Defined

Attorneys use a lot of words when talking about probate, but from talking to friends and clients, I realized that many people outside the legal community…