What Do Children Inherit When There is No Will?

We've written several articles about the disadvantages of dying without a will, including greater expense in handling the estate and the inherent frustration for family members who are left to sort it all out. While Texas law provides clear rules for distributing property to surviving family … [Read more...]

What Are the Costs of Dying Without a Will in Texas?

The two most common reasons people put off making a will are that they think they have plenty of time to worry about it later or they think hiring an attorney to draft a will is too expensive. We can’t know how many days we have left to live, but we can disprove the second excuse. In this article, … [Read more...]

Part Four – What Happens to Property If Someone Dies Without a Will?

In three previous articles, we covered some steps in handling the estate of a person who died without a valid will in Texas. We also explained some provisions for the surviving spouse and general rules for distinguishing community property from separate property. After all claims against the estate … [Read more...]

Part Three – What Happens to Property If Someone Dies Without a Will?

In our last two articles, we discussed some steps in administering the estate of a person who died without a valid will in Texas, some provisions for the surviving spouse, if any, and the general rules for distributing community property. In this article, we’ll begin addressing how separate property … [Read more...]

Part Two – What Happens to Property If Someone Dies Without a Will?

In our last article, we discussed the first few steps to be done when dealing with the estate of a person who died without a valid last will and testament in Texas. In this article, we pick up where we left off and address a surviving spouse’s rights regarding the marital homestead and exempt … [Read more...]

What Happens to Property If Someone Dies Without a Will?

When a person dies without a will in Texas, his or her property is distributed according to state laws of intestacy. The word intestacy refers to the decedent being intestate at the time of death, or not having a valid last will and testament. In this series, we’ll discuss intestate distribution and … [Read more...]

Who Inherits the Estate When Grandma Dies Without a Will?

At Peterson Law Group we recommend all adults who own assets do their family members a favor by consulting with an experienced estate planning attorney to draft a will. Doing so significantly minimizes disagreements among family members about the final disposition of your assets. In the absence … [Read more...]

What Will Your Children Inherit If You Die Without a Will?

Until someone discovers the Fountain of Youth and offers its waters up for sale, we will continue to age until we inevitably pass on. When you are gone, your worldly possessions will need to be distributed. People typically believe a surviving husband or wife will get their property, and if there is … [Read more...]

What Happens To My Property If I Die Without a Will in Texas?

Intestate Succession is the law if you die without a will in Texas. As with many legal questions, the short answer is ‘It depends.’ In this case, it depends whether the property is considered separate property or community property. Then it depends on whether all of your children are also the … [Read more...]

Some Basic Rules About Dying Without a Will in Texas

If you die without a will in Texas, your assets will be distributed according to Texas’ intestacy law, which provides a statutory flowchart.  The distribution of your assets under intestacy law may or may not align with your wishes, as nearly every person’s situation is a little different when it … [Read more...]