Natural children are the biological children of their parents. This article discusses the inheritance rights of those children.
In Texas, in general, children inherit the estate of their parents if there is no valid will. The spouse of the parent will also inherit a portion of the estate. How much the spouse inherits depends on whether the spouse is also the parent of the children (more) or the step parent of the children (less.) Read here for a discussion of the kinds of property involved and what the spouse and children receive when there is no will.
If there is a valid will, the will determines who gets the estate. A testator does not have to leave his estate or any part of his estate to his children. He is free to leave it to anyone he pleases.
If there is no will, or the will is determined to be invalid by a court after a will contest, then the decedent is treated as if he died without a will. This assumes that there is no older, valid will that would be admitted to probate. To review the grounds for contesting a will to have it declared invalid, read here.
By Robert Ray a Texas inheritance attorney. The foregoing information is general in nature and does not apply to every fact situation. If you are concerned about Texas inheritance laws, inheritance rights, probate limits, have a family inheritance dispute, a property dispute or want to know the reasons for contesting a will or protecting a will from a contest and need an inheritance lawyer, we can help. Please click on the “Contact Us” tab above and use the contact form to contact us today. We are Texas inheritance lawyers and would love to learn about your case. There is no fee for the initial consultation.
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