When an individual dies without a last will and testament, their surviving loved ones could face complications. When dividing up the estate, working to gain access to parts of an estate or other issues cause considerable upset, individuals may not know where to turn. Because such conflicts could lead to probate litigation, individuals may wish to determine what options they may have.

Texas residents may be interested in one out-of-state woman’s current predicament. Reports stated that her fiance, a police officer, was recently killed on the job. Unfortunately, the man did not create a will before his untimely death. Now, the woman is facing serious financial struggles due to being unable to access money related to the man’s estate.

Without a will, his estate will have to go through the necessary legal channels. As a result, his fiancee may face considerable difficulties while the issues get addressed. Because she was not yet married to the man, she may wonder whether she could be entitled to any of his estate. She may wish to find out her legal options and possible ways to address her financial difficulties.

Because estate issues can quickly become complex, Texas residents who are in similar situations may wish to consult with experienced attorneys. If probate litigation takes place, these legal professionals may be able to offer sound advice on strategies and options, and provide ongoing support in any subsequent proceedings. Gaining such knowledge may help individuals feel more in control of a difficult situation in which they may feel overwhelmed and confused. 

Source: abc3340.com, “Fallen Tacoma officer had no will; now fiancee worries for future“, Gabe Cohen, Dec. 19, 2016