my grandfather has passed and the family is trying to find out if he had a will.

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my grandfather has passed and the family is trying to find out if he had a will.

My grandfather was been in a common-law relationship for over 20 years in dallas,
tx and his common-law wife kept his kids from coming around and she hasn’t
communicated about grand dad having a will. I need help please for the sake of
the family.

Asked on September 25, 2016 under Estate Planning, Texas

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

You can file for probate of your grandfather's estate.  If his new wife does not want the court to follow the usual inheritance rules, then she will have to produce his will.  She will also have to demonstrate that it is a valid will.  To start the probate process, you will need to find a probate attorney.  A probate should be filed in the county where your grandfather was residing at the time of his passing.


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