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Why is probate taking so long?

After an elderly parent dies, there are many things to take care of. You may have funeral plans to make, extended family and friends to contact, and last-minute details to attend to. Of course, your primary concern is to take comfort in those who shared your love for...

What’s so bad about probate?

The most common advice you may hear about probate is to do everything you can to avoid it. So what is this terrible process that so many dread after a loved one dies? Probate is the legal process of closing the estate of someone who has died and transferring ownership...

Why is there no ‘reading of the will’ anymore?

In some movies or TV shows, a common scene involves family members gathering in a room where a lawyer reads the contents of a last will and testament. There are dramatic moments as heirs learn of their fortunes, disinheritance or tests they must pass to obtain their...

Probate doesn’t have to be a mystery

The probate process is a series of legal tasks that occur to close an estate after someone has died. The specific steps and requirements of probate vary from state to state, but some general requirements exist uniformly. Probate has several purposes, only one of which...

How to choose an executor to your estate

Writing your last will and testament can be complicated and overwhelming. Yet, becoming informed on matters concerning the estate may help you create a complete and comprehensive document. According to Forbes, choosing the executor of the estate is an important detail...

Could you signature cause a will contest?

You have two options to create a will in Texas. You can create it on your own and sign it, or you can create a formal one with an attorney that you sign in front of witnesses. The will you create on your own is a holographic will. The State Bar of Texas explains a...

The different types of probate in Texas

They are essentially two main types of probate for uncontested cases where all the family members are in agreement and there is really no one fighting. The first is if there is a will that names an independent executor. According to the Legal Consumer, this process...