Waco Heirship Lawyer

Understanding Texas Heirship Proceedings

When a person dies without a will, proceedings to declare heirship may be necessary to resolve questions regarding the division of property. Through heirship proceedings, the court can establish which individuals are entitled to property pursuant to the rules of descent and distribution set forth in Texas Probate Code.

Like many matters involving probate and estate planning, heirship is complex and must be dealt with when one is already dealing with the financial and emotional difficulties associated with the loss of a loved one. Rainey & Rainey is here to provide support, guidance, and counsel in these tough times. With a Waco heirship attorney to protect your interests, you can feel confident approaching these proceedings. We want to lift a weight off your shoulders so you can focus on the future.

Find out more about heirship proceedings by calling our firm at (254) 826-8151.

Who Can Initiate a Proceeding to Declare Heirship?

If you lost a family member, and he or she left no will, you may wonder whether you are entitled to any property. There may be things of financial and sentimental value that you could receive as an heir. It is important to work with a Waco heirship lawyer if you are an heir, estate administrator, trustee, guardian, or other party involved in heirship proceedings.

Through these proceedings, the court will determine:

  • What persons are qualified as the decedent’s heirs; and
  • The heirs’ interests and shares in the decedent’s estate and trusts.

In Texas, the following parties may be able to commence a proceeding to declare heirship:

  • The personal representative of the decedent’s estate.
  • The creditor or owner of all or part of the decedent’s estate.
  • The guardian of the estate.
  • A person who wants to be appointed an independent administrator of the estate.
  • The trustee of a trust that holds assets for a decedent.

If a loved one passed on without a Last Will and Testament, contact us today for skilled legal assistance.

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