Probate

What Happens to Debt at Death?

Your estate is comprised of all that you own, minus outstanding debts. Any debts that you incurred during your lifetime become the responsibility of your estate or your family at your passing.  Repayment of outstanding debts, and the distribution of your estate, are handled during the probate process. The executor of your estate (a person [...]

2019-07-18T11:20:37-05:00June 30th, 2019|Estate Planning, Family Law, Probate|

Guardianship and Conservatorship

In the state of Texas, the terms guardianship and conservatorship are not interchangeable: Conservatorships are related to children and their parents. Guardianships are caregivers for adults who have become incapacitated, and children whose parents are deceased. Conservatorship Part of Parenting Plan Since 2005, all divorce decrees involving children must include a parenting plan. In a [...]

2019-02-20T12:27:02-05:00April 27th, 2018|Estate Planning, Probate, Will Contest|

Probating a Will in Texas

At the passing of a loved one, friends and family experience a wide range of emotions. Concern and confusion over how to handle the administration of the decedent’s estate may be among them. Is there a will? Is it a legal will? What happens to the assets? How do the bills get paid? Here, we’ll [...]

2019-02-20T12:29:50-05:00May 30th, 2017|Estate Planning, Family Law, Probate, Will Contest|

The issue of testamentary capacity in a Texas will contest

To make a valid will, the testator must be of sufficient age and sound mind. When someone executes a will, he or she must have "testamentary capacity," meaning the mental capacity to understand the nature of the act. Without testamentary capacity to make a will, the will could be found invalid in a later will [...]

2019-02-20T12:33:25-05:00May 4th, 2017|Estate Planning, Family Law, Probate, Will Contest|