Interesting Developments In Inheritance Laws

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Tag Archives: Probate

Probating a lost will

Sometimes after a person dies, a will cannot be found. If there was a will but it just cannot be found, a “lost will” can be probated. For a discussion of the requirements of proving a loss will, click here. In a case involving a… Continue reading

When are you dead, Part 2.

When are you dead? I recently wrote on the issue of when are you dead for probate purposes here.  The issue is important because Texas has a statute that says that if a person gives you something in their will and you don’t survive them… Continue reading

Can A Will That Cannot Be Admitted To Probate Be Used To Revoke Another Will

A will has to be filed for probate within four years of the death of the testator. If it is not, it can’t be filed and the law will treat the dead person as if he had died intestate, without a will. There are some… Continue reading

When is a will effective?

A will normally becomes effective when the testator dies. But what happens when the testator revokes a prior will or revokes a trust? Does the revocation become effective on the date of death or on the date that the will was executed? Consider these facts: A woman… Continue reading

When are you dead for inheritance purposes?

When are you dead? The Simultaneous Death Act, Texas Estates Code §121.001 (formally Probate Code §47), provides that if you don’t survive the decedent by 120 hours or if you both die in a common disaster, it will be deemed that you predeceased him and… Continue reading

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