Claimed Lawyer ProfileQ&AResponsive Law
- Estate Planning
- Elder Law
Additional Practice Areas
- Fiduciary Litigation
- Power of Attorney
- Free Consultation
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Contingent Fees
Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
Shutt Law Firm uses Flat-Rate Attorney Fees for many Probate Cases and for Wills
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- State Bar of Texas
- ID Number: 24071203
- English: Spoken, Written
- Southern Methodist University
- Texas State Bar College
- Collin County Bar Association
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Articles & Publications
- The Top Troubles with “DIY” Wills
- Headnotes (Dallas Bar)
- Panelist , North Texas Probate Bench Bar
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42 Questions Answered
- Q. I would like to have her removed from fiduciary duties
- A: Our law office has a letter we send that requests an accounting. Under Texas Law, if you don't receive a satisfactory response within the allotted time, then the judge can order that that all of the assets be distributed and/or order that the executor be removed.
- Q. My husband needs help getting access to his dead father's bank accounts.
- A: I can imagine that there could be one of two problems: First, it could be that the bank requires "letters testamentary" or a "small estate affidavit." These can be required by the bank, and you can only get them by going to probate court. If your father in law had a will, you'll need to get a local probate attorney to handle probating the will for you. The good news is that Collin County is known for being one of the easiest and least expensive in the state for probate. Second, it could be that the bankers don't know what they're talking about. This is actually all too common! Sometimes it's better to try a different branch. Worst case, a lawyer letter may get it done.
- Q. My husband died 16 years ago. A vacant lot paid for is in both our names. Our home still being paid for is also in both
- A: In your questions, you state there was no will. So, you have two options. If you're going to hang on to the properties, the cheaper option is called an "affidavit of heirship." If you want to sell within the next five years or so, it might be better to do the title transfer the normal way, which is called a "determination of heirship." This second option is more ironclad, but you do have to have an attorney help you.
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