Who Can Initiate a Probate in Texas?

Probate is the legal process of overseeing the distribution of a person’s estate after they die. It can be complicated and time-consuming, but fortunately there are people who can help make it happen – namely, probate attorneys. In this article, we’ll explore what probate attorneys do, who can initiate a probate in Texas, and some…

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Will a Court Accept “I Didn’t Know” as an Excuse for Not Complying with Probate Deadlines?

Probate is a court process that kicks in when someone dies. As this case shows, if you are a potential executor of a will and don’t file for probate within the allotted time, you might not get a second chance. Terminology Holographic Will: A holographic will is a will that is entirely handwritten and signed…

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What’s the Proper Probate Venue When Co-Defendants Live in Different Texas Counties?

Legal Terminology Pleas of Privilege Raises an objection to the venue of an action. Article 1995, Revised Civil Statutes (Code): Subdivision 4: States that there must be a resident defendant for a bona fide cause of action, and a non-resident defendant must either be a necessary or a proper party. Subdivision 29a: States that the…

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Are Statements of a Testator Presumed True in Texas Probate?

Legal Terminology Self-proved will laws A will that can be validated without the use of a probate court. Such a will usually requires the presence of witnesses who attest to the will’s validity. Presumption of Continuity When no circumstances exist that suggest a will lacks validity or has been revoked, the burden shifts from a…

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Can Probate Court Be the Proper Venue for a Personal Injury Case?

Can someone bring a lawsuit regarding personal injury, death, or property damage in a probate court? Let’s look at the case of Gonzalez v. Reliant Energy Co. to find out. Legal Terminology Anti-suit Injunction A remedy issued by a court in one jurisdiction that prohibits a litigant from initiating or continuing litigation in another jurisdiction.…

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