11bequests in wills in texas
A last will and testament allows you to specify how your property will be distributed after your death. Within the will, there may be bequests regarding certain assets in the estate. However, what are they used for? The Matter of Estate of Brown, 922 S.W.2d 605 (Tex. App. – Texarkana, 1996) case helps answer this....
11Do bank accounts go through probate in Texas?
If you’re like most people, you have at least one bank account. But what happens to that account when you die? The answer may surprise you: in Texas, bank accounts do not go through probate. In this blog post, we’ll discuss what this means for your loved ones and how to ensure that your bank...
Overall, naming your attorney as a beneficiary of your will in Texas is possible, but there are some significant limitations that you should be aware of before you do so. What is a valid will? In Texas, a will is a legal document that outlines an individual’s wishes for how their property and belongings should...
11Can 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...
118 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...
11How 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...
11Does a Written Name Constitute a Valid Signature on a Will?
Introduction In Texas, a will must be in writing and signed by the testator (the person making the will) in the presence of two witnesses. But what happens if the testator only has a written name? Is that considered a valid signature on a Texas will? In this blog post, we will explore the answer...
11Who 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...
11Agricultural Field at Sunset
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...
11Pay debt
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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