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Probate Litigation Archives

Famed disc jockey's daughter moves forward with will contest

Families in Texas and across the U.S. can be afflicted with the problems that come with heirs disagreeing over a loved one's will. This is especially true when it was someone who was wealthy or prominent and there are multiple people who might have an interest in the property and assets that are part of the estate. A will contest, a court battle between heirs, challenging a will and any other type of dispute related to the testator's apparent wishes can be messy and difficult, but sometimes probate litigation is necessary. Whether it is protecting one's interests when other people are trying to contest a will or contesting the will oneself, legal help is vital.

Late actor's family prepares for court battle over estate

When people of significant means die in Texas or anywhere else, there is the chance that the heirs will be displeased with how the assets were distributed in the will. This is something that occurs with people who are famous and have had more than one marriage and children with multiple partners. It can be a complex issue that often results in probate litigation. Such is the case with a Hollywood performer who unexpectedly died and whose children and wife are disagreeing over his estate.

Guidance for probate issues and alternatives to probate

Probate can be a complex issue for Texans whether they have significant assets, they are middle class or have limited amounts in their portfolio. Regardless of the person's standing in society, the probate process can be confusing and difficult to navigate. This is even before getting into the possibility of there being a probate dispute.

A lawyer is necessary for probate and probate litigation in Texas

Probate issues in Texas come in many different forms and all can use legal advice. In some instances, the probate process is extensive and costly. In others, it does not take particularly long and is not difficult. There is no reason to be frightened of this even if there is a probate dispute, but it is still smart to have legal help from start to finish. Knowing the different types of probate is a good place to start, but the foundation of the probate process is generally similar for everyone at its outset.

Legal help with the common probate issues in Texas

Probate issues can be complicated and difficult to understand for many Texans. In an attempt to make them clearer, it is beneficial to know the three different types of probate administration. There are benefits and negatives to all three types. For those who are determining which type of probate is best for them, having a basic grasp of these alternatives is useful. The three options are dependent administration, independent administration, and muniment of title.

Addressing problems that can lead to probate litigation

Houston residents may face a time in life when they are dealing with probate issues that they never imagined would be a problem. For some, they may unexpectedly be a named beneficiary in a will or trust. For others, they may find that they expected to be the recipient of the assets in an estate, only to find that the estate plan that they knew about had been altered. There are many different reasons that a legal dispute might arise when an estate plan becomes effective, and they could all lead to probate litigation.

Different power of attorney documents

Most of our readers in Houston know that estate plans aren't made up of just a will. A good, comprehensive estate plan will have several other documents included as well, especially if avoiding probate litigation is a goal. And, among the most important documents in an estate plan are the power of attorney documents. These documents come into play when a person becomes incapacitated or is otherwise unable to make their own decisions.

Facing the possibility of probate litigation

When Texas residents begin to think about their estate planning needs, they will likely start to hear a term they may not be familiar with: "probate." Probate courts are the courts that hear the cases having to do with the distribution of assets upon a person's death. For anyone who has a will as their main estate planning document, the estate going through the probate court process will be a necessary part of what occurs upon death.

Legal help and the probate process

Probate is a scary word that anyone familiar with the process of estate planning will immediately view negatively. This is because probate can be a time-consuming and difficult process. It can also be quite expensive. As such, many people who are creating their estate plan will do everything in their power to avoid the probate process, or at least minimize the amount of time their estate spends in probate.

Estate planning also includes addressing digital assets

Estate planning in Texas typically includes a range of documents, such as a financial power of attorney and a health care power of attorney. It also usually includes a will and possibly a trust. However, because people's online presence is growing, estate planning today also often includes digital assets.