Can You Benefit from a Will If You Murder your Spouse? The Texas Slayer Rule

Have you ever wondered if someone can inherit from an estate if they kill their spouse? This is what is commonly called the “Slayer Rule”. In this blog post, we will explore the realities of the law in Texas. What is a will? In Texas, a will is a legal document that outlines how you […]

8 Things to Know about Living Trusts in Texas

Introduction A living trust is a legal arrangement in which you, the grantor, transfer property to a trustee. The trustee then manages the property for the benefit of a named beneficiary or beneficiaries. Living trusts are created during the grantor’s lifetime and can be revocable or irrevocable. Texas has specific laws governing living trusts, so […]

How Do You Prove the Adopted Status of a Family Member in Texas?

Introduction Proving the adopted status of a family member in Texas can be difficult if you don’t have the right documentation. Learn what you need to know in this blog post. The Importance of Proving Adopted Status When an individual in Texas wants to adopt a family member, they must first prove their status as […]

Who Will Serve as Personal Representative in Your Will?

Introduction When you’re making your will, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is who will serve as your personal representative. Your personal representative is the person who will be responsible for carrying out your wishes after you die, so it’s important to choose someone you trust implicitly. There are a few things to […]

Alternatives to Probate: Administration of Community Property

In Texas, administration of community property can be a legitimate alternative to probate. The determination of whether property is community property or separate property can be a complex matter and is often a source of controversy during the administration of an estate. In some cases the community property laws can be used to probate the […]

Must a Judgment Against a Deceased Debtor Be Executed by the Probate Court?

In Texas, if a debtor dies before the judgment is satisfied, the judgment may be enforced against the estate in probate court. If you are a judgment creditor and the debtor dies, you must take action within a certain time frame to have the judgment enforced by the probate court. But must the judgment be […]

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Are You Suitable to Serve as a Texas Executor?

If you have been named as an executor or administrator of someone’s estate in the state of Texas, you need to know what duties and responsibilities come with the job. This article will go over your legal requirements, highlighting what you need to do before beginning. Probate Case Law Olguin v. Jungman, 931 S.W.2d 607 […]

Where Do You Probate a Will in Texas If the Decedent Was Deemed Insane?

Introduction When you die, your will is probated. Probate is the process of validating and formalizing a will. This article will teach you about which county you must probate a will in Texas if the decedent was deemed insane. Legal Terminology Administrator with will annexed: This means the original executor named in the will was […]