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Protecting Your Legacy

It is important to properly sign documents during probate

by | Oct 21, 2019 | Probate & Estate Administration |

The executor of a Texas estate has a lot of responsibility. He or she will need to handle the remaining affairs of the decedent and do so in a legal way. It can be difficult to know how to manage all of the tasks involved in probate, but it is vital to carry out those tasks correctly.

Some individuals may have concerns about how to properly sign documents on behalf of a deceased individual. While working to close the estate, the executor often has to sign many documents for the decedent. However, it is typically not enough to simply sign one’s name instead of the decedent’s because it could raise a number of red flags. The executor should make it known that he or she is acting on behalf of the estate.

Typically, if the person signing makes it clear that he or she is the executor of the estate when signing, it is enough to clear up the situation. In some cases, the person or business receiving the signed document may need proof that the person is the actual executor, and providing a copy of the documents provided by the court is usually enough. If the executor makes it appear that he or she is personally signing the document, it could make that person liable for the associated transaction.

There are a lot of minor details, such as how to properly sign a document, that go into completing the probate process. If a Texas executor does not sign a document correctly or makes another error, serious issues could arise. In efforts to avoid mistakes, individuals may want to work with knowledgeable attorneys who can ensure that all documents are signed appropriately.