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Do you need a lawyer to probate a will in Texas?

The answer to so many issues dealing with inheritance and probate is "maybe."

If you want to probate the will as a muniment of title, then you can do that yourself. On the other hand, if the will names you as the independent executor, and you want the court to appoint you as independent executor, then you must have a lawyer to probate that will. An independent executor represent the estate and a non-attorney cannot represent others in court. You have to be an attorney to represent others in court. "An executor of an estate serves in a representative capacity of the estate, thereby requiring an attorney to represent the interests of the third-party (the estate) at the outset." 13-17-00555-CV.

What Is Probate In Texas

What Is Probate In TexasThe process for probating a will in Texas is for the proponent of the will to contact a lawyer to file it for probate with the county clerk. The clerk then post notice of the filing on the courthouse door (usually just a wall in the hallway) and serves process on those entitled to process. If you are not entitled to receive personal service, your notice is the notice that is posted on the courthouse wall. Once filed, the will is a public document and anyone can get a copy. There is no reading of the will.

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Learn How To Obtain A Copy Of A Will In Texas.

Learn how to obtain a copy of a will in TexasIn Texas, if a person dies with a valid will the will determines how his estate is disposed of to his beneficiaries. Often, the heirs don't have a copy of the will and so can't decide if the will is valid or needs to be contested. This may happen because the person who has the will is not on good terms with the heirs. It may also happen when the person who has the will is attempting to defraud the estate of the property and doesn't want the rightful beneficiaries to know that they have an interest in the estate. The heirs might want to contest the will after they see it but they can't make that decision without a copy. Since the statute of limitations is involved in challenging wills, the heirs need to know what the will says.

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