What is probate?
If someone dies, certain assets may pass to heirs free of court interference; however, many assets do not automatically pass to heirs without a court process. If a loved one has died, it is a good idea to meet with an attorney to determine what specifically needs to be done to ensure title passes correctly.
How does the probate process work?
During the probate process, if the deceased person created a will during their lifetime, that will is presented to the proper court and certain tasks must be performed. For example, the debts and taxes of the deceased person must be paid, and it must be determined what the deceased person owns so that the assets can be divided accordingly. Finally, after all the necessary legal requirements have been completed, the property may be distributed as directed by a will or by Texas law.
Probate can be supervised or unsupervised. In an unsupervised probate, the appointed estate administrator manages assets, pays any debts, files required tax returns and various court documents and distributes the estate assets. In a supervised probate, the probate judge must approve every detail of the estate administration.
Do I need legal assistance during probate?
Probate in the state of Texas can be fairly quick and inexpensive; however, it can also become lengthy and time-consuming. Probate law can be overwhelming, especially during a time of grieving. I bring peace through trusted advice. My probate process provides clients with an understanding of what to expect, a timeline with set goals and organizational tools to ensure the process stays on track.
If a loved one has passed away and you require probate assistance, I can help.