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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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How Do You Settle an Estate Without a Will in Texas?

When a loved one dies without a will, you may be unsure of what to do and have lots of questions. Where do you even start? Who gets the assets in the estate? Who is the executor of an estate in Texas with no will? How do you settle an estate without a will in Texas? Today, we will...

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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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What If Mom Or Dad Die Without A Will?

A recent Wealth Advisor article asks a very practical question you may face someday: “Your Parent Didn’t Have A Will: What Should You Do Now?” For starters, the article advises you to make a diligent search for a will, when a parent passes away. That includes a look through your parent’s paper records and file cabinets. You should also speak with their good...

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How To Take Control Of A Trust

WTOP’s article, “7 questions to ask when taking control of a trust,” says that while having more wealth at your disposal may give you an increased sense of security, it’s also natural to have some fears about making a poor decision with new wealth. However, asking a few questions may give you the information that you need to be more confident. What...

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