What Is A Muniment Of Title Probate, And When Is It Appropriate?
Texas law provides for a shortened, less complicated, less expensive form of probate in specific circumstances. This is called probate as a muniment of title. This funny-sounding procedure really means that your loved one's Will is officially recognized as valid by the probate court. It then becomes part of the public record in the county where the probate was filed as notice to third parties to honor the terms of the Will to transfer property to the beneficiaries. This is a simple process compared to a full, regular probate.Read More
6 Compelling Reasons to Have a Living Trust
There are at least six really good reasons for you to have a living trust in your estate planning package.Read More
The Cost Of A Full Dependent Administration In Texas
In this series of blogs, I have outlined various different types of probates and probate alternatives to help you settle an estate and understand the potential costs. A dependent administration is significantly more expensive than any other type of probate. Wise estate planning could avoid this high cost.Read More
What Is A Small Estate Affidavit Proceeding And What Does It Cost?
In this series of blogs, I am outlining various different types of probates or probate alternatives to settle an estate and their likely costs. As I mentioned in the introduction to this series, the cost is predominantly determined by the type of procedure followed.Read More
Do I Have To Probate If There Was A Will?
I have addressed in another blog several steps that can be taken as part of the estate planning process that help avoid the need for probate. If those steps were not taken, a full probate still may not be needed.Read More
The Average Cost Of A Determination Of Heirship Proceeding In Texas
In some situations where a loved one passes away without a Will, you may need a determination of heirship in order to pass on their estate. If you find yourself in this situation, make sure you have an experienced attorney to guide you through the steps involved. Otherwise, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the process.Read More
Use This Slick Trick To Transfer Real Estate Without Probate In Texas
Texas law has recognized an estate planning trick that is extremely effective and low cost, called a deed with an enhanced retained life estate or “Lady Bird” deed. This tool can be used for all types of real estate interests.Read More
How Much Does It Cost To Set Up A Trust?
A revocable trust is one that can be completely or partially revoked either during the lifetime of the person creating the trust or afterward. An irrevocable trust means just that: it cannot be revoked.Read More
Probate As A Muniment Of Title: What Is It & What Does It Cost?
There are several different types of probate in Texas where a loved one dies having a Will. The complexity of the proceeding and the cost varies widely depending on which type of probate you can or must use to pass your loved one's estate. The simplest and least expensive type of probate is known as a "muniment of title" proceeding.Read More
What Happens If You Don’t Probate A Will In Texas?
Probate can be costly and complicated. Unfortunately, not probating a Will could cause your family more stress in the long run. If your loved one has passed away and left a Will behind, you may find yourself in a situation where this is the case.Read More