When a person passes away here in Texas, the process of validating his or her will is an important one. If potential heirs disagree about any of the provisions of an existing estate plan, it can take a great deal of time to untangle. This is especially true if a will attributed to the deceased person is called into question by anyone who is part of the probate process. The estate of the late singer Aretha Franklin is dealing with that very issue right now, as courts work to determine the validity of handwritten wills that she may have written.
Being an executor can be a great honor, but it is also a major responsibility. Many people here in Texas recognize the importance of the role, but are nervous about what is expected. Experts have advice for those who are appointed to this position, and warn of some common mistakes that can occur during the probate process.