Determining one’s beneficiaries is a straightforward matter if they have a will which spells out their wishes. If, however, one dies without a will in the state of Texas then the process of determining heirs becomes more complicated. Texas’ intestate succession laws lay out how heirs will be determined but processes must be followed when asking the probate court to reach such a determination. Our Dallas lawyers assist people in resolving the issue of heirship determination during a probate when one dies without a will. Contact our attorneys today to schedule an initial consultation.
Attorneys assisting Dallas residents with probate through the filing of an application of heirship
If one died without a will then the Probate Court will divide assets according to Texas’ intestacy statutes. The first step in determining the heirs will be to file an “Application for the Determination of Heirship.” This application requires an extensive amount of information such as the name of the deceased, the contact information for all potential heirs, as well as details of the property involved. This application must be served on all potential heirs. Once the Probate Court determines who the potential heirs are, then property will be divided and that division will depend on whether one was married, had children, had siblings, and whether their spouse, children, children’s descendants, siblings, siblings descendents, or parents are still alive. The process of determining heirs, as well as handling an intestate probate, is quite complicated. You should retain an attorney immediately if you are facing such a situation.
Our Dallas probate attorneys assist residents of Texas in determining the heirs of an intestate estate. At your initial consultation we will help you understand who may, or may not, be potential heirs, will ensure that proper notices are given, and will assist you in moving the process forward as quickly as possible. Designating the heirs who will inherit can be a meticulous process and we will pay the necessary level of detail so that your case can proceed without undue delay. We make probate our business so that you can get on with the most important business – living your life and caring for your family. Contact our lawyers today.
Lawyers providing legal assistance with Texas’ probate process after the heirs have been determined
Texas’ probate process does not stop once the potential heirs have been determined. There may be disputes which require resolution during an intestate probate. Such disputes include the estate claims of common law spouses as well as adopted children claiming a right to inherit. Hiring the right lawyer can assist in resolving these disputes and getting the case moving sooner rather than later. Our Dallas lawyers are able to assist with such matters. We also service Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Denton, Fort Worth, Garland, Irving, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Nacogdoches, Lufkin, and Center, Texas. Contact us today.