When a spouse dies without leaving behind a last will and testament in Texas, the surviving spouse is automatically entitled to receive a portion of the estate regardless of who else survives the decedent. Texas is a community property state. This means that the property owned by married people is divided into two general categories: community property and separate property. When a spouse dies, the surviving spouse is automatically entitled to receive the couple’s community property. Community property is any property the couple acquired while they were married.
Topics covered in this report include:
- What will I inherit as a spouse
- Will I have to pay the debt left behind by a family member
- What about joint debts
- Can I choose my own representative or avoid probate