Atascosa County Judge’s Report



I have been asked by a fine local attorney to write again about the need for everyone to have a will. Every month, at least, we have someone who did not leave a will and are putting their family through unnecessary pain. The smaller the amount of the estate, the more difficult the financial burden because proportionally it is so costly. I had a parent not too long ago whose son sadly passed leaving several cars and a bank account. This pushed it beyond the “small inheritance” portal requiring a full intestate hearing to establish unnamed heirs and then determine the best administrator. It is complicated and virtually always requires professional legal help.

You can have a simple will done by an attorney or by online companies. If you do not you leave your loved ones at the mercy of a preset state law that determines the heirs and it must be followed. If you do not have a will, you may leave the care of your property and your children with someone you may not have wanted. Even worse, the lack of a will can create difficult feelings between legitimate heirs, concerning division and administration. I have seen it get really ugly, and sad. So, on behalf of attorneys and judges that care, I implore you to make a will immediately if you do not have one. It does not matter how small or how little you think you have, it does not matter if the assets are large. I am one of those judges who do probate who truly dislike the pain of those going through it. These folks have not only lost a loved one, they have the pain of this “intestate” process. If you care about your loved ones, you will get a will done ASAP!

Thanks for listening.

We want you to be proud of your County Government.

BOB HURLEY is the Atascosa County Judge. You may E-mail him at

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