Probating a Will

Where Should A Will Be Probated In Texas?

According to Section 33.001 of the Texas Estates Code, a will should be admitted to probate in the Texas county where the decedent was domiciled or had…

Probating a Will

Is an Executor Required to be a US Citizen?

I recently received a phone call from someone whose wife was not a US Citizen. The caller wondered whether his wife could nevertheless serve as an executor…

FAQs About Wills, Probating a Will

Can a Convicted Felon be an Executor in Texas?

I received a email recently from someone asking whether a convicted felon can serve as an executor in Texas. The individual who contacted me had two…

Probating a Will

Do I Need a Lawyer to Probate a Will in Texas?

I get phone calls and emails each week from Texans who have lost friends and family members. Often, the decedent’s Will appoints them as independent executors and…

FAQs About Wills, Probating a Will

Can The Beneficiary Of My Estate Also Be My Executor?

I’ve received several emails the past few weeks asking whether it is possible for a beneficiary of an estate to also serve as executor. Naming someone as…

Probating a Will

Can a Non-Resident Serve as Executor of My Estate?

Ideally, we would all live near our loved ones. However, the reality of our global economy is that family members often live in another…

Probating a Will

What is a Muniment of Title?

Full administration of an estate is not always necessary. If an estate has no unpaid debts, except those secured by real property, and administration is not…

Probating a Will

Who Has Authority to Probate a Will?

Although it is the Executor named in a Will who typically files the Will for probate, the Texas Estates Code provides a Will can…

Probating a Will

Is It Possible To Probate A Lost Will?

Probate is the legal process of proving the validity of a will. It is also commonly understood to refer to the legal process in which the estate of…

Probating a Will

What Are The Duties of An Executor?

When a person dies and probate is necessary, a court will appoint a personal representative, called an executor or administrator, to oversee the winding up of the…