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Texas law includes various types of probate

In Texas, if a person dies without having a documented will, the court steps in to oversee the distribution of his or her assets and administration of estate. This is known as the probate process, and depending upon the circumstances, it can be quite complicated. Texas residents who are mourning the loss of a loved one and are concerned about a complicated probate may want to seek the advice of a competent legal professional in the area.

Avoiding the probate process with a charitable remainder trust

There are a lot of benefits to getting your estate planning completed now before it is too late. Most of them are for your beneficiaries and relatives, but you will also reap the benefit of peace of mind -- knowing that everything related to your estate will be far easier on your loved ones after you're gone. One of these important benefits relates to the probate process and how a well-planned estate can render Texas probate proceedings unnecessary for heirs. 

Avoiding the probate process in Texas

One of the most important benefits of a well-organized estate plan is the fact that it can enable family members to avoid probate proceedings. There are several strategies available to Texas estate planners that are effective for the purposes of avoiding the probate process. Depending on one's situation and needs, one of the following three options may be an appropriate strategy to bypass probate in your case.

The probate process in Texas

Most Texas residents only have to go through probate proceedings once or twice in their lifetime. As a result, the process tends to be mysterious and difficult to understand for the average person -- because most people do not have a lot of experience with it. Even if a Texas estate is a relatively simple one, and regardless one's experience with such proceedings, the probate process can quickly become overwhelming.

Identifying beneficiaries in Texas estate planning

One of the biggest mistakes that Texas estate planners make is to forget about identifying beneficiaries on their retirement plan documentation. Identifying beneficiaries is also important on individual retirement accounts (IRAs) and other financial documentation. The reason that this is vital is because the information beneficiary information identified on these accounts will supersede anything that is mentioned in a will or trust document. If no beneficiaries are identified on the accounts and/or if the wrong beneficiary is identified on an un-updated account, it can create a very complicated problem for one's heirs.

Getting help with probate in Texas

A lot of Texas residents may become overwhelmed during probate proceedings. That is because they are already dealing with the tragic loss of a loved one, which is hard enough to bear, and now they have to try and navigate the complexities of probate proceedings. Unfortunately, probate is not something that can be circumvented in cases where it is deemed necessary by the court. 

Probate options available to Texas estate administrators

In the state of Texas there are three varieties of probate administration. They are distinguished by the amount of court supervision involved. Each has its advantages and each has its disadvantages, depending on your situation and needs. At the Law Office of Sharon C. Stodghill, we are committed to helping you determine which form of probate administration is most appropriate for you.

What is estate administration?

When a Texas resident passes away, his or her estate must be distributed among heirs and beneficiaries. The estate administration process refers to the action of gathering the decedent's assets, paying off the decedent's debts and ultimately distributing what is left to heirs. Estate administration can be a complicated process for the average person to carry out.

Will changes to Roth IRA affect heirs and beneficiaries?

Roth individual retirement accounts appear to offer a lot of great benefits for Texas investors and their heirs. This is because the money placed inside the Roth IRA can be left to grow without tax liabilities over an investor and his or her beneficiaries' lifetimes. However, these types of investment accounts are not best for all estate-planning scenarios.

What is the probate process?

Probate is a term that most people are familiar with, and most Texas residents know that it has to do with inheritance. Beyond that, though, many Texas do not know what is involved in probate proceedings or what exactly happens when an estate goes into probate. Strictly speaking, probate is a legal process that involves the court validating a will and supervising the distribution of a deceased person's property.

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