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Do All Wills Have to Go Through Probate in Texas?

When a loved one dies, you may assume the long, arduous, and expensive probate process lies ahead. But that may not be the case, even if your loved one has a will.  In general, probate is the legal process of gathering a deceased person’s assets and distributing them. A person’s will provides instructions on how to divvy up his...

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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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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.  Does...

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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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How Much Does an Estate Have to be Worth to Go to Probate in Texas?

If you are handling a modestly valued estate, you may be wondering if you have to go through the dreaded probate process. Probate is not just for million-dollar estates. So how much does an estate have to be worth to go to probate in Texas? The short answer is the type of assets in the estate, not their value,...

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Filing Probate in Texas for a Small Estate

Probate costs can drastically minimize an estate’s value, especially if it is a modest one to begin with. For those handling an estate with a small value, you may be asking, Do you have to probate a small estate in Texas?  A small estate affidavit, or SEA, is an alternative to traditional probate in Texas for a small estate....

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When Is Probate Necessary & Not Necessary in Texas?

The probate process can be expensive and time-consuming, but don’t stress quite yet. Not all estates have to go through probate. So when is probate necessary in Texas? The short answer is, if someone dies leaving assets solely in their name, then you need to probate the estate. Is Probate Always Necessary? No. Probate is the legal process of...

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How and Where to File Probate in Travis County

The process of filing probate may be confusing and overwhelming at first. Below, we answer your questions and provide a guide to filing probate in Travis County. Our probate attorneys at The Law Offices of Kyle Robbins, PLLC are available to help you through the legal hurdles of probating an estate. How Do I File Probate in Travis County?...

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What Is Probate, And Should You Avoid It?

Surely you’ve heard the term “probate”– but for most people it may sound like an alien term. What is it? And why does it seem like people want to avoid it? PROBATE is, according to Merriam-Webster, the action or process of proving before a competent judicial authority that a document offered for official recognition and registration as the last will...

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