FAQs About Probate

Is It Always Necessary to Probate a Will?

A person who dies typically has two classes of assets: probate assets and non-probate assets. Probate assets are property titled in the deceased person’s name. For example, if…

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

Independent Administration Simplifies the Probate Process

Probate has gotten a bad reputation as being expensive and causing delays. As a result, many people try to avoid it at all cost. In many states,…

FAQs About Probate

How is a Personal Representative of an Estate Appointed?

There are three ways in which a personal representative of an estate is appointed: A personal representative can be appointed by a will of a testator,…

FAQs About Probate

How Much Court Involvement Is There In The Probate Process?

In Texas, the level of court involvement in the probate process depends on whether there is a dependent or independent administration. Independent administration Texas allows independent…

Probating a Will

When Should I Probate a Will?

Generally, a will should be probated as soon as possible. The Texas Estates Code requires that a will be probated within 4 years of a testator’s…

FAQs About Probate

What To Do When a Loved One Dies?

Candice Aiston, an Oregon estate planning attorney, recently wrote an excellent article that explains the things that should be done when…

FAQs About Probate

Is There a Difference Between an Executor and an Administrator of an Estate?

When a person dies and probate is necessary, a court will appoint a personal representative to oversee the winding up of the decedent’s affairs. The duties of…