Dallas Lawyers Assisting With The Determination Of Heirs During A Texas Probate
Determining a decedent’s beneficiaries is a straightforward matter if they have a will that clearly identifies their heirs. 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. The Probate Court will determine how such laws apply and identify the decedent’s heirs. Certain processes must be followed when asking the Probate Court to reach such a determination, including timely filing legal documents, presenting evidence, and arguments to the Judge or jury. Our Dallas lawyers assist people in resolving the issue of heirship determination during a probate when one dies without a will. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with our attorneys.
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Dallas attorneys assisting Texas residents with probate through the filing of an application of heirship
If one died without a will then the Probate Court will divide the estate according to Texas’ intestacy statutes. The first step in determining the heirs who will receive such assets 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 signed by or served on all potential heirs. An attorney appointed by the Court will review the decedent’s family history and confirm the identity of the heirs to the Court. For many families, the heirs are easily identifiable. For others, the process can involve a variety of complications. This will depend on whether one was married, had children, had siblings, and whether their spouse, children, children’s descendants, siblings, siblings’ descendants, or parents are still alive. Once the Probate Court determines who the potential heirs are, then property will be divided through the estate administration process. The process of determining heirs, as well as handling an intestate probate, can be complicated. You should retain an attorney immediately if you are facing such a situation.
Our Dallas probate lawyers 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. We will ensure that proper notices are given and will also 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.