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Do I need a Lawyer to Probate a Will or Estate in Texas?

At times people may feel that they can best represent themselves and their own interests in court, wanting to appear in court without legal representation for simple matters. The legal terms Pro Se, in propriam personam, or pro per come from Latin phrases which translate to ‘appearing for oneself; for one’s own behalf.” However, representing …

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Informal Family Settlement Agreements in Texas

Grieving the loss of a family member is difficult enough, and battling in court over inheritance can magnify those difficulties exponentially. Fortunately, Texas case law provides an opportunity for families to work together and avoid probate, particularly with a small estate made up mostly of personal property. Elements of a Family Settlement Agreement First and …

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The Notario Publico and Unauthorized Practice of Law in Texas

Notario Publico and Notary Public are two terms that seem synonymous but definitely are not the same in the state of Texas. Equating one title with the other has caused problems for many people, sometimes leading them to unqualified, even unscrupulous, notaries. Similar in Name Only While the names sound similar, each title originates from …

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The Texas Living Will

Also called a “Living Will,” this document clearly communicates to family, caregivers, and physicians what exactly the patient’s wishes are for health care once the patient can longer make medical decisions, including life-sustaining treatments. The document allows the patient to define different choices about medical care, depending on whether the medical condition is “irreversible,” or “terminal.”

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