Sometimes when individuals do estate planning, they place money in accounts and other types of savings vehicles that require that a beneficiary be listed. If those accounts or insurance policies have a beneficiary then that contractual arrangement changes the character of the asset. All assets do not necessarily need to be distributed by Texas probate. Some of these assets include:
- Insurance policies
- Profit sharing plans
- 401(k) plans
- Property owned in joint tenancy with a right of survivorship
- Assets in trusts
- Money held in Transfer on Death (TOD) or Payable on Death (POD) bank accounts
In most cases, these non-probate assets can pass directly to the beneficiary, as long as that person is named as the beneficiary in the policy or account documents. A probate attorney like Keith Morris, Attorney at Law can help you determine whether assets must be administered, and can very often help you avoid many of the costs involved with Texas probate proceedings.
To get help or find out more information about Texas probate laws, please contact a Probate attorney today by calling (713) 636-5339 in Houston and (817) 442-2048 in Fort Worth or submitting an online contact form.
Guardianship Case Case Won
Won trial to exclude wife to serve as guardian of gentleman she married that was at least twice her age.
Probate Case Successful Verdict
Obtained verdict for daughter that reunited with her father after being estranged and offered will for probate but was contested by her sister.
Multi-Million Dollar International Estate Settlement Reached
Successfully negotiated settlement between surviving spouse and foreign advisers in multi-million dollar international estate.
Multi-Million Dollar Trust Dispute Won Summary Judgment
Won summary judgment for prominent South Texas family in multi-million-dollar trust dispute over real property.
Evidentiary Hearing Hearing Won
Won lengthy evidentiary hearing to prove client was not in contempt of court to avoid sanction or jail time.
Multi-Million Dollar Estate Case Six-Figure Settlement Reached
Obtained six-figure settlement after jury was seated for adopted child in multi-million dollar estate case after adoption was disputed.
Estate Administration & Division of Assets Dispute Resolved
Resolved highly contentious ongoing dispute over father’s estate and division of assets between son and daughter.
Estate Administration Case Dispute Resolved
Successfully resolved case between two siblings fighting over cash and personal property of their father.
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With over 20 years of legal experience, Keith Morris has devoted his efforts to sharpening his skills in probate, trust, and estate planning and litigation.