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Jim Hogg County

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    He helped my family navigate a unique probate and trust process right at the end of the year.

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    "He is aggressive in court room while remaining respectful and compassionate to other lawyers and his clients."

    Keith is one of the finest and technically proficient lawyers I have ever met.

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    Keith is very professional and was able to settle my family dispute.

    - Susan
    "Keith handled our case with both dignity and professionalism that is always needed in a disputed guardianship case."

    Keith would be the one attorney I hope I never set on the opposite side of the table against.

    - Bruce
    "Compassionate, no-nonsense, and fair."

    Mr. Morris represented me in a complicated and nasty probate matter. I am a paralegal and must say that Mr. Morris is in the top .5 of the 1% of excellent lawyers.

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    "Made everything very easy."

    Keith was easy to reach and had a lot of knowledge about estate planning. He helped me and my family with our wills and helped set up trusts for my kids.

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Jim Hogg County Probate Attorney

What Does A Jim Hogg County Probate Attorney Do?

Probate is the process of distributing assets and settling debts after death. When a person dies with a Will, a Jim Hogg County probate attorney will submit it to the court, along with proof of the decedent’s death.

The probate process also includes notifying creditors of the decedent’s death, as well as sending out notices to all known heirs. The process, while straightforward, can be very overwhelming, which is why many people turn to a probate attorney to assist them with this task.

What If There Is No Will?

An estate can be opened for administration without a Will in the state of Texas. There are two ways to accomplish this. Independent administration requires the heirs to agree in the beginning as to who will be appointed to serve as the administrator. Dependent administration is used when the heirs cannot agree. Both forms require several steps in order to legally distribute the assets that are not automatically distributed by law. A Jim Hogg County probate attorney is well versed in the steps required and can assist you with this.

Real property held in a joint tenancy with a right of survivorship transfers as a matter of law to the remaining tenant. To document this in the property records, the survivor can file an affidavit of survivorship. A Jim Hogg County probate attorney can help with this paperwork. Other financial assets transfer as a matter of law. Some examples include IRAs, 401(k) plans, and money held in transfer on death (TOD) or payable on death (POD) accounts.

A trust is another way to transfer property without a will. A person can set up a trust and transfer their assets to the trust. The trust is then the “owner” of the property, and continues on, even when the original owner passes away. A trust is often used to hold assets such as a family home or family farm.

Jim Hogg County probate attorney Keith Morris & Stacy Kelly, Attorneys at Law, has years of experience helping clients navigate the Texas probate process and successfully resolving even the most complex estates. Call (713) 636-5339 in Houston and (817) 442-2048 in Fort Worth today for a consultation.

Our firm provides services to clients throughout Jim Hogg County including the cities of Hebbronville, Agua Nueva, Guerra, Las Lomitas, Randado, South Fork Estates, and Thompsonville.

Success that Speaks for Itself

Case Results
  • Dispute Resolved Estate Administration & Division of Assets

    Resolved highly contentious ongoing dispute over father’s estate and division of assets between son and daughter.

  • Dispute Resolved Estate Administration Case

    Successfully resolved case between two siblings fighting over cash and personal property of their father.

  • Hearing Won Evidentiary Hearing

    Won lengthy evidentiary hearing to prove client was not in contempt of court to avoid sanction or jail time.

  • Case Won Guardianship Case

    Won trial to exclude wife to serve as guardian of gentleman she married that was at least twice her age.

  • Six-Figure Settlement Reached Multi-Million Dollar Estate Case

    Obtained six-figure settlement after jury was seated for adopted child in multi-million dollar estate case after adoption was disputed.

Why Choose Attorneys Keith Morris & Stacy Kelly?

  • Extensive Experience

    With over 40+ years of combined legal experience, Keith Morris & Stacy Kelly devoted their efforts to sharpening their skills in probate, trust, and estate planning and litigation.

  • Aggressive Litigators

    Keith Morris & Stacy Kelly are proud to be the litigators that takes on the most complicated and difficult cases to court and getting their clients optimal results.

  • Free Consultations
    Your first free case evaluation with us can be done through video conference, phone call, or an in-person meeting.
  • Personalized Attention

    If you call our firm, we will personally pick up the phone and handle your case with the attention it deserves.

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