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Several new laws went into effect in Texas on January 1, 2023, including changes to property tax collection, an expansion of the judicial branch, and an amendment to pollution standards. One of the laws, House Bill 3774, written by District 67 Representative Jeff Leach, allows for public access to the state’s court documents database with...
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The probate process in Texas is often long and complicated. It can involve many steps, most of which are unfamiliar to the average person. One of the most important steps in the process is the free and voluntary act. This step is so important that it has its own section in the Texas Estates Code....
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The probate process in Texas can be extremely daunting and confusing if you are unfamiliar with it. With all the legal paperwork and court proceedings, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle. In this article, we aim to answer some of the most common questions about the Texas probate process to give those who...
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The Texas probate court system is designed to protect the rights of heirs and beneficiaries after the death of a loved one. But what happens when someone tries to make a claim for inheritance after the statute of limitations has expired? In this blog post, we will explore the law around claims for inheritance in...
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A bank signature card is a document that lists the names of the people who are authorized to sign checks and other documents on behalf of the bank account holder. This document is also sometimes referred to as a “check-signing card” or an “authorization card.” The purpose of this document is to give the bank...
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Introduction A special needs trust is a type of trust fund established to provide supplemental financial support for a disabled individual, without jeopardizing their eligibility for government benefits. If you’re the parent or guardian of a disabled individual in Texas, setting up a special needs trust may be something you’ve considered in order to provide...
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Introduction When someone dies, their will is supposed to be a clear document that lays out how their estate should be distributed. However, there are times when the will is contested – usually because someone believes that it’s not valid. If you find yourself in this situation in Texas, there are certain things that you...
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Introduction The fiduciary-beneficiary relationship is one of trust. The fiduciary has a duty to act in the beneficiary’s best interest and must exercise a degree of care that a reasonable person would under similar circumstances. If the beneficiary believes that the fiduciary has breached this duty, can he or she challenge the fiduciary’s actions in...
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Introduction If you’ve ever found yourself in a situation where you’re aware a party to a probate litigation but not sure how to properly handle it, read on for some important information. Legal Terminology Worker’s Compensation Act, Non-Subscriber: Employers who do not provide workers’ compensation insurance coverage. Texas does not require such coverage, but employers...
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A Texas Transfer on Death Deed is a way to transfer real property to someone else upon your death without going through probate. The deed must be properly signed and notarized, and it must be filed with the county clerk in the county where the property is located. What is a Texas Transfer on Death...
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