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Have you ever wondered how to locate a will? While it may seem like a daunting task, it is an important step when trying to figure out what the deceased wanted. This can be especially true if you are an heir or executor of a will. In this blog post, we’ll explore what to do...
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In the Texas case of In re Estate of Capps, the court was faced with the question of whether the decedent’s will had been revoked. According to Texas law, a will can be revoked either by physically destroying it, by making a new will that revokes the old one, or by making a statement indicating...
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Estate planning can be a contentious issue, especially when it comes to siblings. A recent article in the Houston Chronicle highlights the story of a man whose parents had a complex estate plan that led to a lengthy legal battle between him and his siblings. The man’s parents had owned a successful business and had...
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Adopting a child is a life-altering experience, and it’s no different in Texas. But the Lone Star State has some unique laws when it comes to adoption that you should be aware of if you’re planning on going through with the process. In this blog post, we’ll discuss one of those laws in particular: how...
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When it comes to estate planning, there are a lot of forms that need to be filled out. And if you’re not an attorney, you may be wondering if filling in these forms is the practice of law in Texas. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at the issue of filling in...
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Appointing a guardian for your child is one of the most important decisions you can make as a parent. It’s a decision that is often made in the event that something happens to you or your spouse. There are many factors to consider when making this decision. You want to appoint someone who is responsible...
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In Texas, as in other states, a testator – the person who made the will – must be of “sound mind” to make a valid will. This means that the testator must understand that he or she is making a will, knows the natural objects of his or her bounty, and understand the disposition he...
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If a person dies without having made a will in Texas, they are said to have died “intestate.” This can have a few different effects on the distribution of their estate. In general, if you die intestate in Texas, your assets will go to your spouse and children first. If you have neither of these,...
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We all know that creditors can be a nuisance when someone dies owing them money. But what you may not know is that, in Texas, there are specific laws regarding how to handle a decedent’s creditors. If you’re the executor of an estate in Texas, it’s important to understand your obligations when it comes to...
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If you live in Texas, you may have heard of the anti-lapse statute. This law is designed to protect the property rights of beneficiaries who are named in a will. Under the statute, if a beneficiary dies before the will-maker, their interest in the estate will not lapse. Instead, their interest will go to their...
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