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Legal BriefsA Common Misunderstanding About Probating A WillIBy Kathleen Cassidy Goodman, PLLCf you believe you don’t have to probate your spouse’s Will when your spouse passes away, and you think,“I know my spouse left me everything so I don’thavetodoanything”– youarewrong! This very common misconception leads many people to leave their loved ones with more than just their assets; instead, they leave their children and loved ones with problems.When someone passes away, his or her name does not automatically disappear off the deed to the house or other real property. The title to real estate and other probate assets will remain in the deceased person’s name unless title has been specified with a right of survivorship or a Transfer on Death Deed has been filed with the deed records. In Texas, when the first spouse passes away, normally, the surviving spouse needs to have the property transferred from the deceased spouse’s name into the surviving spouse’s name.Frequently, the situation occurs where well-intentioned friends provide inaccurate information. They may erroneously direct the surviving spouse to just give a quick call to the local tax office, give them notice of the death of your spouse, and his or her name will be removed. True, the name is removed – but only from the tax documents – and not from the deed. Sometimes the error$29 Initial Visitincludes consultation exam & adjustment. No appointment needed. No insurance needed. *offer valued at $45Valid at the Alamo Ranch location only. Coupon must be presented at time of purchase. One coupon per person. Not valid with any other offer. expires 10/31/2023www.thejoint.com5519 W Loop 1604 N Suite 103, 78253 • 210.981.5158goes on for years or even decades until the surviving spouse tries to sell the property, or passes away and never realizes the deed to the real property is still in both spouses’ names.If the surviving spouse does not transfer title after his or her spouse passes away, this will create an additional burden for the children or the beneficiaries following the death of the surviving spouse. Regardless of whether your spouse passes away with a Will or without, it is critical that you consult an attorney to determine if you need to probate the Will or to determine what needs to be done to transfer title to the property to your name.Kathleen Cassidy Goodman is an attorney in areas of estate planning, probate, civil litigation, and business law. She can be reached at her office in Helotes at (210) 949-1000 or for more information, visit www.bexarlaw.comWhat’s Its Current Value?• Insurance Appraisals• Appraised While You Wait & Watch • Fair Market Appraisals• Estate Appraisals• Over 35 Years of Jewelry ExperienceSchedule An Appointment!12274 Bandera Road, Ste. 236www.sanantoniojewelryappraisers.com210-316-8758Alamo Ranch/151 Business AssociationRecognized Angie Coats - 7k MetalsT he Alamo Ranch/151 Business Association recognized, Angie Coats, 7k Metals Associate, Charter Member, for her continued support of the association. She was presented with aplaque on August 28, 2023.Angie Coats is excited to share herbusiness opportunity with others on how one can accumulate gold and silver.Do you need a lot of dollars to start accumulating gold and silver today? NO! You can instantly buy a single coin, that is shipped to you, or buy fractionally (lay-away type option). It’s fun opening the monthly random numismatic coin package. 7k Metals offers many perks (discounts on travel, food, health and pet insurance, etc.). This is a home-based business, available to all of you, who are in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Ireland, or Mexico. To connect with Angie, call (210) 455-9968, or visit angiecoatswealth/.Disclaimer: Buying, owning, and selling October 2023precious metals and numismatic coins carries risk and has legal and tax implications. The price and future value of precious metals and collectibles are based on many factors and are subject to market, economic, and political 11AssociateRegisteredGemologist Appraiser

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