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Estate administration involves more than reading the will

When a loved one dies, a number of actions need to be taken. During estate administration, the executor or personal representative must handle numerous tasks outlined in Texas law. In many cases, a surviving spouse will more than likely need to work with an estate administrator in order to take care of several issues that may not be quite so obvious.

Local lawyer's estate case remains open after 10 years

The estate administration process is just that: a process. Many in Houston might view it as a singular event, with one's will being read and their assets dispersed. Yet estate cases are rarely that simple. Oftentimes, they can continue on for months or even years. Sometimes that is due to disputes regarding the disbursement of the estate, yet in many instances, cases are prolonged simply because of the nature of the assets and properties they contain. 

Should you inform your beneficiaries of your decision?

When you start to iron out the details of your estate plan in Texas, one of the steps you will take is to designate who you would like listed as beneficiaries. However, making this selection is not the last time that you will need to work with the people you have chosen. 

What if your die without having prepared a will?

The need to prepare a will is one that is stressed time and time again by estate planning experts in Houston. Yet despite this advice, some estimates put the percentage of American adults without a will as high as 60 percent. You might think that if do not specify how you want your assets distributed, your heirs can make that decision once you are gone (allowing you to avoid hurting anyone's feelings with your decisions). The truth is, however, that if you die intestate (without a will), it is the state that decides who benefits from your estate. 

Understanding your role as an estate administor

Recently, one of your family members has asked if you would be interested and willing to be an estate administer. At first thought, you feel like this would be an invaluable opportunity to support someone you love, but you also want to make sure you are making a good and well-informed decision. At Doehring & Doehring Attorneys at Law, we have helped many families in Texas to learn about the legalities of creating, implementing and executing a well-thought estate plan. 

A closer look at the responsibilities of a designated executor

When people begin to coordinate their long-term care needs in the form of a will, they are going to need to make many important decisions regarding their wealth, possessions and personal needs. In many cases, they will need to designate an executor in Texas who will have the responsibility of overseeing their requests upon their death. This person should be trustworthy and someone who knows the deceased well. 

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