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Who Inherits Property If There Is No Will in Texas?

If you die without a will in Texas, state law creates one for you. The Texas laws of intestate succession determine who inherits property if there is no will and how much they get. Unfortunately, this may have unwanted consequences. In this blog, we briefly summarize the rules of inheriting property without a will in Texas. Who Inherits Property...

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Types of Wills in Texas

The term “will” is commonly used in estate planning. However, a will can refer to a few different estate planning instruments. There are also different types of legal wills in Texas. So if you are wondering what types of wills are needed in Texas, read on to learn more. Last Will and Testament A last will and testament, more...

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Texas Will Requirements: What Makes a Will Valid?

A will is a key estate planning document that instructs the court on managing your affairs after death. Unfortunately, the will is completely useless if you do not meet all the legal requirements and properly execute the document. This blog explains what makes a will valid in Texas and discusses what happens if you don’t meet Texas will requirements....

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Is a Handwritten Will Legal in Texas

Hand writing your own will might seem like a good idea. You can put down exactly what you want without paying a lawyer to do it. So are handwritten wills legal in Texas? Yes, but they come with risks. Is a Handwritten Will Legal in Texas? So, is a handwritten will legal? Texas recognizes handwritten wills (also known as...

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Types of Probate in Texas

There are several different types of probate in Texas, but they are not all created equal. They range from formal proceedings in front of a judge to filing an affidavit. The kind of probate that’s best for you depends on the estate and the circumstances surrounding it.  What Is Probate? Before diving into the types of probate administration in...

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How to Avoid Probate in Texas: The Dos & Don’ts

Probate gets a bad rap, and for a good reason. There are deadlines to meet, fees to pay, and hearings to attend—all while trying to grieve the loss of your loved one. Navigating an unfamiliar legal proceeding is probably the last thing you want to do during such an emotionally charged time. Luckily, there are ways of avoiding probate...

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How Much Does It Cost to Contest a Will in Texas & Who Pays?

Contesting a will is an expensive way to question if someone’s will is valid. The process involves litigation, which means you’ll owe court costs and attorney fees. You may be wondering, How much does it cost to contest a will in Texas? Today we will examine that question.  How Much Does It Cost to Contest a Will in Texas?...

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Does a Surviving Spouse Need Probate in Texas?

After losing a spouse, the thought of going through probate may seem overwhelming. The good news is that not all estates must be probated. In this post, we’ll answer the question, Does a surviving spouse need probate in Texas? Spoiler alert: probate is only necessary if the deceased spouse passes away owning property held solely in their name. If...

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When Should You Start Estate Planning in Texas?

Estate plans are not just for elderly folks, wealthy business tycoons, or married couples with kids. Every adult should have an estate plan, but unfortunately, two-thirds of Americans do not even have a will. If you have not done any estate planning, now is the time to act—and today, we’ll explain why.    What Goes Into an Estate Plan? Before...

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How Much Does Probate Cost in Texas?

Most people think that probate is expensive and that the process has the potential to deplete an entire estate. However, that’s not necessarily the case. So, how much does probate cost in Texas? Well, the truth is that the cost to probate a will in Texas depends on various things, such as the value of the estate, whether you...

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