When a person dies without a Will, the estate passes by intestacy, and the Texas Estates Code determines who inherits the estate as that person’s heirs under the laws of descent and distribution. Staubus and Randall routinely represents heirs in obtaining a decree from the Probate Court formally declaring who the heirs of the estate are, and in assisting those heirs in obtaining title to and possession of their loved one’s assets.
Staubus and Randall also handles contested inheritance cases. These include disputes arising over alleged common-law marriages and alleged biological children.
In Texas, a common-law marriage is established by proving that the couple had an agreement that they were married, lived together as husband and wife, and they held each other out to others that they were married. All three conditions must exist simultaneously to establish a valid common law marriage.
We also handle claims of heirship by illegitimate or alleged biological children of a decedent. This often includes pursuing court-ordered genetic testing on alleged biological children.
To learn more or to set up a consultation, contact our Dallas inheritance rights attorneys by calling 214-691-3411 or filling out the contact form on this page.