Q: What do i do if a family member passed, no will was left. And only some assets were distributed not his money or land?
A cousin was a signer on his bank account as she was the one who would write out his checks to pay his bill. However when he passed she kept the money in his bank accounts and he was very wealthy. She designated one person and gave them a huge property and she has only separated other assets. What do I do? No will was left? He passed away in Louisiana but is from Texas. He had property in Louisiana and Texas.
A: You should DEFINITELY talk with a Texas probate attorney. Probate is the legal process necessary to transfer a deceased person's assets. Typically, when there's no will, your probate attorney will handle the Determination of Heirship process for you.
This cousin was probably able to access those accounts because she was a "joint tenant with rights of survivorship" on some of the accounts. Everything else will probably need to go through the probate process.
You might be pleasantly surprised at how streamlined and affordable probate is in Texas.
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