Probate Claim vs. Probate Administration Expense

What does Texas law say about a creditor trying to collect a debt from someone who died? You may be surprised to learn that some debts can be erased as part of the probate process, somewhat like discharging debts in bankruptcy. The case of Ullrich v. Est. of Anderson, 740 S.W.2d 481 (Tex. App.‒Houston [1st…Continue…

Which Facts Have to be Established to Prove a Lack of Testamentary Capacity?

Will contests often focus on questions about whether the person who executed the will had the mental capacity required to execute the will. These post-death legal disputes can be particularly contentious. They delve into the life circumstances and affairs of the deceased. Facts matter in these cases. This raises questions as to what facts matter?…Continue…

Dealing With an Incorrect Inventory in a Probate Case

Texas has a formal probate and guardianship process. This process typically involves filing numerous legal papers with the clerk. It includes applications, various motions, and, eventually, inventories. These legal papers can include incorrect information. This includes information that is wrong due to errors. It can also include intentionally omitted or inaccurate information. This can be…Continue…

Failing to Notify Heirs of a Probate Case

Our legal system is based on the idea that each party to a lawsuit should be notified of the suit. This ensures that they can protect their interests or defend themselves against the suit. With probate cases, this involves personally serving citation. This notice process is mentioned in several sections of the Texas Estates Code.…Continue…