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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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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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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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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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When Should You Start Estate Planning in Texas?

Estate plans are not just for elderly folks, wealthy business tycoons, or married couples with kids. Every adult should have an estate plan, but unfortunately, two-thirds of Americans do not even have a will. If you have not done any estate planning, now is the time to act—and today, we’ll explain why.    What Goes Into an Estate Plan? Before...

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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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