Definitions of legal terms important in contesting wills in Texas

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Definition of Probate

The process of proving a will is valid and thereafter administering the estate of a dead person according to the terms of the will. Dictionary.Law.Com.

Definition of Intestate in Texas

Definition of Intestate in TexasOne who, having lawful power to make a will, has made none, or one which is defective in form. In that case, he is said to die intestate, and his estate descends to his heir at law. FreeDictionary.Com.

Definition of Fiduciary in Texas

Definition of Fiduciary in TexasA person who has the power and obligation to act for another (often called the beneficiary) under circumstances which require total trust, good faith and honesty. FreeDictionary.Com.  Fiduciaries can be family members, friends, business associates or anyone who has control of money or property that belongs to or should belong to another. In Texas, Executors, Administrators and Trustees are fiduciary. A fiduciary may also be a business like a bank or stock brokerage firm. Fiduciaries have responsibilities to the beneficiary.

Definition of Administrator or administratrix

Definition of Administrator or administratrix in TexasAn Administrator (or Administratrix) is the person appointed by the court to handle the estate of someone who died without a will, with a will but no nominated executor, or the executor named in the will has died, has been removed from the case or does not desire to serve. If there is a will but no available executor, the administrator is called an "administrator with will annexed." Dictionary.Law.Com. An administrator is a fiduciary.

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