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Who Is Legally Able to Contest a Will or an Estate in Texas?

In Texas, only those who have “standing” can contest a will or estate. This means beneficiaries and heirs can contest a will, as well as any person or company that owns a portion of the property that is passing through…
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Why Is the Probate and Settlement Process So Complex?

In Texas, the probate and settlement process can be complicated. When a court legally recognizes a person's death, they must protect beneficiaries and the deceased's estate. The rest of the process may take time depending on how large the estate…
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How Long Does the Probate Process Take?

Losing a loved one can be difficult. The days, weeks, and months following a loss are often fraught with confusion, grief, and, in some cases, stress. It can be a hard time even before factoring in the complicated legal battles…
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Are My Retirement Assets Protected From Creditors?

Texas offers excellent creditor protection compared to other states. Our Texas bankruptcy laws are better than the federal ones when it comes to protections, but retirement is protected even under the federal program. Until recently, retirement benefits were not protected…
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Planning for the Worst: Estate Advice for Simultaneous Deaths

A lot of assumptions go into creating wills. After all, drawing up plans to distribute your assets to your partner, children, or other loved ones hinges on the presumption that you will be the first to pass. Unfortunately, though, accidents…
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Celebrity Probate Mishaps: What Can We Learn From Them?

"But life is just a party and parties weren't meant to last." -Prince, 1999   Prince really should have listened to his music lyrics. No one ever intends to leave a mess behind when they die, but a little estate…
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Grief And Anxiety Go Hand In Hand

For decades, the experts have claimed there are five stages of grief — denial, anger, depression, bargaining, and acceptance. As probate attorneys, we have worked with clients at every stage. But we have also wondered if a certain stage was…
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Can Your Parent’s Estate Go to Probate?

It can be very difficult to deal with the passing of a parent. But when you are left to deal with their estate it can get quite confusing rather quickly – especially if it goes to probate. Probate is the…
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What to Expect During Probate When There Isn’t a Will

Most people know about a last will and testament that helps transfer assets from an individual who has passed away to their listed beneficiaries. In the time following the death of the benefactor or the “decedent” the property and assets…
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Houston Probate Lawyers Answer, “Will My Inheritance Be Taxed?”

One of the most common questions our Houston Probate Lawyers get from people who just inherited assets is whether or not they owe taxes on the money or property they just received. It is an excellent question, but the answer…
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