Probate

Texas – Immediate Probate Actions

“He died with his boots on.” Admirable, but he left the rest of us to deal with his assets and debts. Where to start?  First,  we want to find his will and any burial instructions.  Since he didn’t tell anybody the location of  his documents before he rode off into the sunset, we’ll look in a logical place:  his safety deposit box.  The bank  may allow access without a court order...

Revocable Living Trusts

A Revocable Living Trust is often used in  estate planning to avoid probate.    It is a useful tool in the right circumstances. Most people use a Revocable Living Trust to hold assets, such as a house or rental properties.  The person who sets up the Trust, and usually funds it, is called the "Settlor."    The Trust is "revocable" because the settlor can revoke it at any time.  It is called...

Who Inherits in Texas?

A beloved family member dies in Texas  without a will. Now what? Well, the State of Texas has an answer for you. In fact, it has already drafted the  will and is ready for a Texas-sized probate! Was he married at the time he died? If so, we divide the property into community property (acquired during marriage) and separate property (owned before marriage, acquired by gift or descent). If he and his spouse...
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