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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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Estate Planning for Business Owners in Texas at a Glance

When people think of estate planning, they often think of things like homes, cars, and bank accounts. In reality, estate planning goes beyond just personal assets. At Robbins Estate Law, we understand that there are many important estate planning considerations for business owners. In this article, we will go over some of the key steps in estate planning for...

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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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