lawyer with clientsWho inherits the property owned by a deceased person? Heirs are not just for European royalty and tycoons hoarding great vast fortunes. In reality, every estate in Texas has its heirs. But what rights do heirs have? How much of a deceased person’s estate does a particular heir inherit? Which family members count as heirs? This series will provide the answers for potential heirs across Texas.

If you suspect that you have an interest in an estate as an heir, you may need to act quickly and assert your rights. This series will help you identify those rights and how Texas attorneys can enforce them. If you need assistance, contact our office today to speak with a Dallas lawyer.

This series will discuss the following topics:

  1. Overview—Determination of Heirs in Dallas and Other Texas Areas
  2. Heirship Determinations Provide Inheritance Rights to Texas Family Members
  3. Common Law Spouses Count as Heirs in Texas
  4. Formal and Informal Adoptions Create Additional Texas Heirs
  5. The Legal Rights of Heirs in Texas Heirship Proceedings
  6. Series Recap—Important Takeaways for Heirs in Texas

In the next post, we will discuss the situations when a determination of heirship is necessary.  Afterwards, we will identify the people who count as heirs. We will then address non-traditional heirship rights: the rights of common law spouses and the inheritance of informally adopted children.  We will then discuss the rights heirs and potential heirs have in Texas probate proceedings, along with the role of the attorney ad litem, who is appointed by the court to represent so-called unknown heirs. Finally, we will recap this series and summarize some of the more important points.

Our Dallas heirship determination attorneys represent parties in the DFW area and across Texas. Our offices also service Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Denton, Fort Worth, Garland, Irving, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Nacogdoches, Lufkin, and Center. Our team of capable trust, probate, and fiduciary litigation lawyers regularly helps clients assert their rights in heirship proceedings. Please contact us today if you have any questions about your potential or existing case.