Keller, TX asked in Estate Planning for Texas

Q: Grandparents own 150 acres and a home in Texas. Gmom died 6 yrs ago & willed her 1/2 of the land to grandkids. Grandpa..

..died last yr and willed his 1/2 to 1 son only. How soon after her death could Gmoms estate be finalized and her half of land be distributed to kids? Did we have to wait until grandpa died to split all the land up and distribute to aires?

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Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst
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  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Crossville, TN

A: Your grandmother’s estate could have been probated years ago, shortly after she died. Now you have two probates that need to take place, one for your grandmother and the other for your grandfather.

Isaac Shutt
Isaac Shutt
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  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Richardson, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: Sounds like everything is ready to be distributed now. In cases like these, I think it's important to move quickly to protect your inheritance rights. There are deadlines for probating wills. Probate is the process of validating the will by a judge. This must be done for title purposes.

With 150 acres and a home, there's significant value there. I would definitely recommend you contact a probate attorney as soon as possible. Many of us offer free or low-cost consultation meetings. At a consultation meeting, you can find out exactly what needs to be done so that you get your full inheritance. It's usually less expensive than people think.

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