The loss of a loved one can often leave lasting impacts. Though many Texas residents may want to ensure that their loved one's final affairs are properly handled and that any remaining tasks can be finished as soon as possible, that is not always what happens. In some instances, executors may not handle their duties properly, and probate litigation could result.
Feelings of discontent over the details of a will are not uncommon after a person's passing. Some individuals may feel as if they did not get their fair share but do not have reason to formally question why the decision was made. However, other parties may have reason to move forward with probate litigation if there are serious concerns about the validity of the will.
Disputes among family members are not altogether uncommon. When the disputes arise after a loved one's death, however, they can be particularly difficult to address. In some cases, if a family member is providing false information about a person's will or lack thereof, probate litigation could ensue.
When a deceased individual's estate needs closing, someone needs to be in charge of the process. This person is typically referred to as an executor or an estate administrator, and hopefully, the decedent will have appointed someone to this role in his or her will. Of course, not everyone takes that planning route.
Having a retirement account can be a useful safeguard for those golden years. Of course, some individuals will pass away with money still in those accounts, and as a result, those remaining funds will need to be distributed to the appropriate parties. Does that mean retirement accounts go through probate?
Any type of legal process has terms that many people may not fully understand. For instance, some Texas residents may know that they have been named beneficiaries in their loved ones' estate plans, but they may not fully understand what that means. They may also not understand what part they play in the probate process.