When one dies without a will in the state of Texas, they are considered to have died “intestate.” This always requires a dependent administration meaning everything must be approved by the Court through every step of the probate process. Property remaining in the estate after payment of debts and other obligations will generally be divided among one’s closest surviving relatives. Several issues, however, can arise including what assets belong in the estate and what constitutes a “close relative” in such a case – for example is there a common law wife, half-blood children, or adopted children. Hiring an attorney who is familiar with Texas’ intestate succession laws may be crucial to whether or not you inherit. The Dallas lawyers of the Johnson Firm have represented people throughout our state in such matters and are ready to assist you. Contact our office today for an initial consultation.
Aggressive attorneys handling Texas disputes in which a loved one has died without a will
It is more common than many think for one to die without a will. When this happens then Texas’ intestate succession laws determine how property is divided. If one is married with children then the assets are divided between the surviving spouse and children If one is married without children then property will go to the surviving spouse and surviving parents or if one or both parents do not survive then to a combination of the surviving spouse, the surviving parent, and siblings or their descendents. If one is unmarried with surviving children then property will go to the children or their descendants. If one is unmarried with children but the children and children’s descendants do not survive, the assets are divided between the parents and possibly siblings. The issue becomes even more complicated, however, when there are disputes as to who is a spouse or a child. It will be important to properly resolve issues of heirship determination, probate disputes involving a common law spouse, inheritance disputes involving adopted children, as well as other matters. Hiring an attorney to assist you with these areas is crucial.
The Dallas attorneys of The Johnson Firm will guide you through the process when a loved one dies intestate. We will work quickly to resolve any disputes over whether one should or should not be an heir, and whether property should or should not be included in the probate. We understand that this is a trying time in your life and we are here to assist you. Contact our Dallas office today for an initial consultation. We service Dallas, Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Denton, Fort Worth, Garland, Irving, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Nacogdoches, Lufkin, and Center.
Dallas lawyers guiding people through the inheritance process when there is no will
Texas’ intestate succession laws can seem simple at first but can quickly become overwhelming. We are here to help you untangle the mess. Price L. Johnson is a CPA as well as an attorney and has extensive experience in issues relating to probate. Price and our associate attorneys will lay out how the line of succession works, in a way you can understand, so that you can have an idea of how your case will proceed. We will keep you informed throughout the process and we strive to return telephone calls and emails promptly. We make probate our business so you can get on with the business of living your life. Contact our office today to speak with an attorney.
In addition to intestate succession issues, our Dallas office handles matters involving disputes over a last will and testament, powers of attorney, estate planning, and business law matters. We are ready to assist you.