Archive for September, 2011

Will & Probates in Texas Courts

What are the statutory requirements for a Will in Texas.

The first place to start in a Will contest, is, not surprisingly, the Will itself. In Texas, a Will must be in writing in all but the most limited circumstances. If you knew the Decedent to have a Will, examine the one offered for probate. Is it the same document you knew to be the decedent’s Will? If not, is it consistent with what the Decedent relayed to you concerning the disposition of his Estate? Also, determine if the Will is from a familiar source. Most probate attorneys have some form of identification on their Wills. If you find it, ensure that it is a lawyer you knew the Decedent had used in the past or was at least familiar with. Feel free to give the attorney a call and inquire as to her recollection of the execution. (more…)