Probate

How Do I Probate a Will If I’ve Been Appointed Executor

Many times people are appointed executor under the terms of a will but have no idea how to start the process of probating the will and opening an administration. This article provides a brief overview of the process of probating a will and the initial steps in administering the estate. Step 1: Meet With An […]

Four Probate Options When Someone Passes Away Without A Will

When someone passes away without a will, family members are often left unsure what to do when it comes to settling the person’s estate.  In general, there are four options: (1) a small estate affidavit; (2) an affidavit of heirship; (3) a determination of heirship; and (4) a dependent or independent administration of the estate.  […]

How to Keep Your Family Together During the Probate Process

Financial interests and dealing with the emotional loss of a loved one can combine to create tension, dispute, and destruction in family relationships.  Family members fight.  Siblings feel hurt by the terms of a parent’s will.  Someone feels a strong need for a sentimental personal effect.  Family members feel pressure from their own financial problems […]

What Does It Mean to Probate a Will as a Muniment of Title?

A Muniment of Title is an alternative method of probating a will that is unique to Texas.  Probating a will as a Muniment of Title is more efficient than a full probate appointing an independent executor which often results in significantly lower costs.  Like most things, there are advantages and disadvantages to the Muniment of […]

Key Probate Terms to Understand When talking to Your Attorney

  I put together this list of terms with easy to understand definitions (I hope) and examples for my probate clients so that they could familiarize themselves with many of the probate terms they will hear during the probate process.  Then I thought, why not share it with other folks trying to understand how the […]

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