To Whom Do I give my Friend’s Will?

This column first appeared in the San Antonio Express News on January 19, 2018. Dear Mr. Premack: A few years ago, a good friend asked me to keep the original of her Will in my lockbox. Her kids do not get along with each other. She said that if she kept the Will at home,…

Must a Will always go to Probate?

This column first appeared in the San Antonio Express News on November 20, 2017. Dear Mr. Premack: In Texas, is there a requirement that a Will be probated? Is it a better idea to have a Trust instead of a Will, and how does it work? – C.L. When a person dies, they might have…

Appraisal Letter should prompt Probate

This column first appeared in the San Antonio Express News on September 23, 2016. Dear Mr. Premack: This week I received a letter from the Bexar Appraisal District. It looks like a form letter that went out to lots of people, and says I need to reapply for my homestead and over-65 exemptions or I…

How executors get paid

This column first appeared in the San Antonio Express-News on April 26, 2016. Dear Mr. Premack: I was named as Executor in my neighbor’s Will. He has no family and I said I would do it. Can I be paid for my duties when the time comes? – OO Texas law has two patterns for…