Understanding Exempt Property in Texas Probate | The Probate Law Group

Understanding Exempt Property in Texas Probate

Some of a deceased person’s personal property is protected from creditors and exempt from probate. The list of exemptions even allows for the retention of certain farm animals or pieces of farm equipment.  Of course, as with anything related to a legal matter, property exemptions can become somewhat complicated.  Here are some of the most […]

When May You Avoid Probate in Texas? | The Probate Law Group

When May You Avoid Probate in Texas?

Probate is right up there, with root canals on the list of things that people dread. So, it’s not difficult to imagine why most people want to know whether and when they can just skip the whole thing. Texas does have several methods for skipping probate in very specific circumstances and some methods for simplifying, […]

4 Ways to Probate a Will in Texas | The Probate Law Group

4 Ways to Probate a Will in Texas

Texas offers multiple types of probate that cover different situations. These are four separate processes, and each works a little differently. Regardless of the process that gets used, it is vital to work closely with a knowledgeable probate lawyer throughout the process.  #1) Independent Administration Independent administration is the process that gets used when: A […]

4 Common Probate Problems in Texas - The Probate Law Group

4 Common Probate Problems in Texas 

It would be nice if probate could be simple for every Texan. Unfortunately, the process doesn’t always run smoothly. Here are four probate problems that can arise when the decedent’s assets go to probate. #1) Lack of Estate Planning on the Part of the Decedent It’s very common for a person to die and for […]

4 Responsibilities for Executors in Texas - The Probate Law Group

4 Responsibilities for Executors in Texas

If you’ve recently been named the executor of a friend or loved one’s will, you might be feeling overwhelmed. After all, you’ve inherited weighty legal responsibilities, and you may not even understand how to do the job. Here are four responsibilities you can expect to receive when you become an executor and what you can […]

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What to Expect During the Texas Probate Process

The Texas Probate process causes a great deal of anxiety mostly because people don’t know what to expect. Until a close loved one dies, it remains a mysterious process that few people have to deal with. We want to help put your mind at ease by giving you a window into the probate process.  How […]

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Myths and Facts About Probate in Texas

Probate is a poorly understood process. It’s not unusual for Texans to have a great deal of trepidation and worry about the Texas probate process and what it entails.  As probate lawyers in Houston, TX, we want to help clear up some of those misconceptions  Myth: Probate must always be lengthy and expensive. We help […]

What Happens When a Person Dies Without a Will in Texas? - The Probate Law Group

What Happens When a Person Dies Without a Will in Texas?

Dying without a will is known as dying intestate. Intestacy requires the state to distribute the assets of the estate in accordance with that state’s law.  Who inherits will depend on who survives the decedent and state law. The state will use the heirship process to determine who the surviving heirs are, and in what […]

Frequently Asked Questions About Texas Muniment of Titles - The Probate Law Group

Frequently Asked Questions About Texas Muniment of Titles

Transferring real estate after death can get complicated, especially if you can’t locate the real estate title. Fortunately, Texas has a procedure that allows courts to treat certain documents as proof of a property title so the transfer may proceed. This may only be done when the deceased leaves a valid will behind and may […]

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Texas Letter of Testamentary 

An executor or administrator of an estate may not simply jump in and begin distributing assets and funds the moment a person passes on. They must first apply for the legal right to administer the estate. Validating the will or verifying that the estate will be administered per intestacy laws is the purpose of the […]

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Simplified Probate Process in Texas: What You Need to Know

Navigating the probate process in Texas can be overwhelming, especially for beneficiaries dealing with a decedent’s estate. The Probate Law Group brings you good news – a simplified probate process is available for estates below a certain value. This shorter and more efficient process comes with important procedural steps that cannot be avoided.   Who […]

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Navigating Probate: Identifying Exempt Assets in Texas

The probate process can present various challenges, both logistically and emotionally, for the loved ones left behind by a decedent. However, not all assets are subject to probate, as some are automatically exempt from the process. At The Probate Law Group, we specialize in distinguishing between probate and non-probate assets, sparing families from unnecessary resource-draining […]

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Texas Probate Insights from The Probate Law Group

 With over 35 years of experience in Texas probate law, The Probate Law Group offers unique insights into estate planning and the probate process. Our clients trust us to provide answers and achieve the results they need. Here are some common questions we encounter: What is probate? Probate is the court process of reviewing and […]

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Probate Solutions Without a Will: Understanding Intestate Succession in Texas

In the probate process, a court judge typically reviews a decedent’s will to distribute their assets to beneficiaries. However, when there’s no will in place, the probate court must decide how to handle the distribution of assets and debts. In Texas, intestate succession rules come into play to determine the rightful recipients. Intestate Succession Rules […]

Hiring a Lawyer Necessary for Probate in Texas

Is Hiring a Lawyer Necessary for Probate in Texas?

Navigating the complexities of the probate process without legal guidance can be daunting. At The Probate Law Group, we often encounter concerns about the cost versus the benefit of enlisting an attorney’s help for probate proceedings. So, let’s address a common question: Is legal representation a requirement for probate in Texas? In many cases within […]

4 Common Houston, TX, Probate Problems | The Probate Law Group

4 Common Houston, TX, Probate Problems

Many Houston residents make the mistake of believing that probate will be a simple, easy process. Hiring a lawyer seems intimidating and expensive, so they try to avoid it whenever possible. In reality, probate can get complicated fast, even if the will seems simple. Here are some of the most common problems Houston residents face […]

Understanding Competence in Texas Probate Law

Understanding Competence in Texas Probate Law

Crafting a will is a critical step in Probate, underpinned by the assumption that the individual making the will can competently make such decisions. However, situations arise where an individual’s mental capacity is questioned, potentially affecting the validity of their will or estate plans in the future. This article delves into key insights about probate […]

FAQs About Harris County Probate | Houston, TX | The Probate Law Group

FAQs About Harris County Probate 

To smooth the process, we offer answers to the most common questions we get about probate in Harris County, Texas.  How long does probate take in Harris County?  After you file, you cIf you’ve suffered a death in your family recently, we’re sorry for your loss. We also know you’re under a lot of stress. […]

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Navigating Probate Amidst Family Dynamics in Texas

The process of Probate in Texas carries its own set of challenges, which can be further complicated by potential family disagreements. To mitigate the risk of disputes and ensure a smoother transition during probate, we at The Probate Law Group suggest several proactive measures to help your family avoid unnecessary conflicts and emotionally charged disputes. […]

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When an Executor Fails to Initiate Probate: Navigating the Challenges

Ideally, the probate process unfolds smoothly, ensuring a deceased person’s assets are distributed among their beneficiaries efficiently and correctly. However, complications can arise, one of which includes an executor’s failure to commence the probate proceedings. In this discussion, we explore the repercussions of such inaction and outline potential recourse for those adversely affected by this […]

Navigating the Probate Process in Texas

Navigating the Probate Process in Texas: Understanding Which Assets Are Subject to Probate

The probate process is a complex and often misunderstood aspect of managing a decedent’s estate, presenting challenges for those grieving the loss of a loved one. At The Probate Law Group, our mission includes clarifying the probate process for our clients and those seeking guidance, ensuring they comprehend the proceedings in court. This article focuses […]