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What Invalidates a Will in Texas?

When you make a will, you want your wishes to be carried out as you have specified. Before your family can receive any distributions from your estate, the probate court will make sure that your will is valid. If any of your family members disagree with the will presented to the probate court, they can challenge its validity. That’s...

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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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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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How to Probate a Will in Texas Without a Lawyer

Losing a loved one is never easy. On top of the sadness and grief, families also need to finalize their loved one’s affairs. The process of transferring the assets of a person’s estate after they pass away is called probate or estate administration. For some, the idea of having to pay an attorney to handle this process is daunting....

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How Much Does a Will Cost in Texas?

It’s difficult to give an average cost of a will in Texas. Each law firm structures their fees differently and changes the amounts from time to time. Some attorneys offer a flat fee rate for a will, while others bill by the hour. How much a will costs in Texas depends on a variety of factors, such as: The...

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Joint Wills in Texas: Pros & Cons for Married Couples

For married couples who want to leave everything to each other, a joint will might sound like a good idea. There’s an assumption that creating a joint will for both spouses is less expensive and more efficient, since they typically want the same thing. Unfortunately, there are significant drawbacks to joint wills in Texas, and they often create problems...

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How to Contest a Will in Texas

Contesting a will in Texas means you’re objecting to and challenging the validity of the will. This is a multi-step process that requires extensive legal knowledge. Working with an experienced probate and estate administration lawyer in Texas is important to the success of your case.  How to Contest a Will in Texas There are several qualifications to contest a...

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