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Dallas Will Distribution Claims Estate Litigation Attorneys

If you believe you have a right to a share of the estate of someone who has passed away, you may be able to file a claim to receive the assets you were meant to have.

Few things compare to the loss of someone you loved or had a close relationship with. Grief is indescribable emotion, and the death of someone close to you can leave you grappling with the emotional pain of their loss for a long time. In the midst of your grief, you may have discovered that your deceased loved one’s estate did not include a bequest to you that you thought was coming your way. If you believe you have a right to their estate, you’ll need to take the necessary action to make sure that you receive whatever property you’re entitled to.

The estate litigation attorneys of Staubus and Randall have decades of experience navigating Texas’s complicated estate laws and using their extensive legal skills to litigate estate matters. We’ve represented our clients on both sides of the estate planning and litigation coin, helping them protect their estates and ensure that their rights aren’t infringed upon as beneficiaries to estates.

To schedule a consultation with our Dallas estate litigation attorneys, call 214-691-3411 today or contact us online.

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What Is a Will Distribution Claim?

After the death of a loved one, you may be a beneficiary of their estate. If you weren’t left the assets you expected, you may file a claim with the court. If you were left out of the will altogether and believe that you should have been left some of the deceased’s estate, you can also file a claim. In most cases, the estate of any person who dies intestate, meaning without a will, or dies with a will has to go through the probate process. It is during the probate process that you can file a claim with the court requesting that property contained in the estate of the decedent be distributed to you.

What Is the Process for Filing a Will Distribution Claim?

Following the decedent’s death, their will needs to be probated in court. In Texas, the executor has four years from the date of the decedent’s death to file to admit the will to probate court. An executor is a person designated to manage and administer the estate. Often, decedents name the person who they wish to manage and distribute their estate in their will. If there is no executor named in the will, the probate court will appoint someone. If the executor doesn’t file to admit the will to probate within four years, the court will take on the duties of distributing the decedent’s property just as it would if a will did not exist.

After filing to probate the will and being appointed to administer the estate, the executor is legally mandated to notify any beneficiaries named in the will that the decedent has died. Executors must notify beneficiaries of the estate within 60 days after being appointed. The executor also must notify all the decedent’s creditors within 90 days after the petition to probate the will is filed. They also must notify the public of the decedent’s death, which is typically done by the court when the petition is filed to admit the will to probate. This gives the estate’s beneficiaries and those who believe they have a right to the estate an opportunity to participate in the probate process.

If you’re notified that you’re a named beneficiary to an estate, you’ll be provided with a copy of the petition to admit the will to probate and a copy of the will. If you believe you should be given assets that were not assigned to you in the will, you will need to respond by filing a will distribution claim. If you haven’t been formally notified of the petition to probate a will for an estate in which you believe you have interests, you can file a beneficiary claim.

There is a two-week waiting period between the time the executor files a petition to probate the will and a scheduled probate hearing. Contact us if you have further questions. We have the experience you need.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The probate process isn’t a regular part of most people’s lives. Probating a will after a loved one’s death can be a lengthy process if the decedent’s estate is large and if disputes arise between beneficiaries. Even a simple probate process can be challenging to understand because of the complexity of probate and estate law.

When you hire the Dallas estate litigation attorneys of Staubus and Randall, we’ll walk you through this entire process while advocating for your best interests. We’ll keep you abreast of what’s going on with your case and answer any questions you might have until your estate matter is resolved. For now, we’ve answered several questions that you might have.

How long do I have to file a claim?

You have six months from when you’re notified of the death of the decedent or from the date the decedent’s will has been admitted to probate to file a claim against their estate.

Am I eligible to file a claim?

You should speak with our estate litigation attorneys to help determine whether or not you can make a valid claim against the decedent’s estate.

What if I haven’t been notified that I’m a beneficiary to the estate, but I believe I should be? Can I still file a claim?

If you believe that you have a right to be a beneficiary of an estate, you could file a claim disputing the will. This is known as a kinship dispute. You’ll need to prove the relationship between you and the decedent and will have to argue your interests in the estate, which can be difficult to do without the help of a skilled estate litigation attorney.

Hire the Estate Litigation Attorneys at Staubus and Randall

Have you been notified that you are a named beneficiary in your deceased loved one’s will but weren’t bequeathed what you expected? Or do you believe that you should be a beneficiary of their estate but weren’t? You may be able to file a claim so that the property designated to you or that you have a right to is distributed to you. Contact the Dallas estate litigation attorneys of Staubus and Randall at 214-691-3411 to discuss your claim.

The Firm

The attorneys at Staubus and Randall have over 100 years of combined experience in estate planning, probate, and litigation. We have the knowledge and skills to tackle complex legal issues, such as guardianships, will contests, fiduciary litigation, and trust litigation. We can also handle routine matters, such as estate administration, probating wills, heirship determinations, and other probate court matters.

Staubus and Randall received a preeminent AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating possible from a peer-rated legal service. This rating recognizes our hard work, dedication, and the case results we’re able to achieve.

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What Our Clients Say

"I recently had the occasion to hire Mr. Staubus for a hotly contested Guardianship matter. Mr. Staubus brought a rare combination of effectiveness, reasonableness and understanding of the human element involved. Mr. Staubus handled all things in a calm, highly competent, effective and reasonable way. It could not have been as easy as he made it seem. He's a credit to the Bar."

Jody

"Before retaining the guidance of the Staubus & Randall firm, I was at my wit's end trying to close an uncle's estate as a co-executor. In addition to dealing with difficult heirs, I had other pressing business issues coming up immediately on estate land in the middle of the Eagleford Shale including dealings with pipeline, seismic, oil & gas, and construction companies. The local bank also refused to give me access to information relating to the estate. This quickly became the most stressful and desperate time in my life...and then I found Joseph Legere who truly became my guardian angel. He was able to get all issues resolved efficiently and the estate fully closed. His professionalism, immense legal knowledge on a wide variety of topics, and amazing communication skills took the burdens off of me and quickly got closure. I am forever indebted to this firm for giving me my life back."

Martha

"Without exception, the legal service, professional attitude, prompt communication of your firm and your legal knowledge is second to none. I only wish I had an attorney here in Boston that could hold a candle to your experience and expertise. Working with you has been a pleasure, but even more, has made me believe that there are knowledgeable attorneys that do care about doing a good job. Thank you Keith! You may not truly understand how much of an impact you are having on peoples lives, but for me, you have helped change my life. As I begin making my dreams come true I can't help but remember none of this would be possible without you."

Joann

"Keith Staubus and Julie Blankenship and their team represented me in a jury trial in the probate court where the ownership of the business which I had worked hard to build was at stake. They successfully fought to preserve my business and my professional reputation, working masterfully to gain the support of the jury. I would not hesitate to hire them again in any bet-the-company litigation.”

Karen

"I have required legal representation twice in my life in two separate will contests. Both times I sought assistance from Keith Staubus and Staubus/Randall. Their service, approach, and determination to obtain results exceeded the other attorneys in each case. Mr. Staubus has always come across as genuine while being direct. He gets the process done in a timely manner with results. I will certainly use him again when and if any new challenges arise.”

David

"After my husband's death, I was devastated by having to defend against a vicious dispute over my husband's estate. Julie Blankenship and Keith Staubus made me feel very comfortable in this distressing situation. They were very tough and did an excellent job for me in obtaining a summary judgment in my favor without a full jury trial. I was glad to have them and Diane Walker in my corner to help me achieve an excellent result - I won! If I ever had to go back to probate court, I would hire them again.” - (will and trust construction case)

Flo

"If you need intervention for someone you love but don't know where to turn or who to turn to, Julie Blankenship and Keith Staubus helped me through the most difficult and stressful time in my life with a much loved family member. I now believe that good will triumph over evil. They fought for what was right, and good prevailed." (contested guardianship and will contest)

Janet

"As a professional money manager, I have used Ryan Randall's estate planning services both personally and for my clients. Ryan has exhibited three critical attributes in his work with me: (1) high intellectual capacity, (2) exceptional thoroughness, and (3) a total commitment to integrity. In today's litigious world, it can be quite costly not to "get things done right.” An added bonus to us was that we found one of the nicest people we could imagine.”

John

"I was represented by Keith Staubus as an income beneficiary in a lawsuit with the trustee of a family trust. Utilizing the expertise of a forensic accountant and his own trust expertise, Keith was able to negotiate a judicial modification of the trust providing for the buyout of my income interest for a substantial lump sum payment out of the trust, resulting in a win-win situation for all of the parties. I highly recommend Staubus/Randall for any trust disputes and trust modification actions."

Kathy

"I have been a wealth management specialist and retirement plan consultant with the Dallas/Fort Worth financial community for over 20 years. I have engaged Ryan Randall to work with a number of my best clients over the years, including business owners, professionals and families. My clients always appreciate Ryan’s straightforward approach to estate planning, asset protection planning and business succession planning. He makes even the most sophisticated estate planning strategies understandable."

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