Asked in Estate Planning for Texas

Q: One of the beneficiaries died and did not have a will. Who does the executor need to contact to notify of inheritance?

We are at the point where probate has been done and assests are being collected. One of the beneficiares died and did not have a will, so we do not know who to contact to notify of where we are in the process and what the inheritance contains.

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Scott D Reiner
Scott D Reiner
  • Houston, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: Was there an heirship proceeding or estate opened for the beneficiary who passed? Their estate representative may be the one to contact. Texas law also provides that if the devisee is a descendant of the testator or testator's parents then the gift goes to their heirs.

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