When you begin the probate process the first step is to submit an application for probate. This application must be filed with the proper Texas probate court in the county where the decedent resided. In the city of Pearland this is generally Brazoria County, but sometimes Harris County or Fort Bend County
It is of utmost importance to start the probate process in the correct jurisdiction. Probates filed in the incorrect court will very likely be thrown out even after going through all the steps. This is further complicated by each court in Texas having its own set of probate proceedings and conditions. Before filing, it’s best to consult with an attorney about the county or counties where you feel your probate should be handled.
Since the probate process will take place in the county that the decedent resided, Pearland probate cases will be held within either Brazoria County, Harris County, or Fort Bend County.
Harris County is the only Pearland county with statutory probate courts. These courts are dedicated to only hearing probate and guardianship cases, as well as cases related to probates and guardianships.
If the decedent resided in Harris County the probate will be within one of four statutory probate courts.
Unlike Harris County, Brazoria County and Fort Bend County do not have any statutory probate courts. If the decedent resided in Pearland and also within either Brazoria County or Fort Bend County, the probate will be within the Brazoria and Fort Bend County Courts. For filing information you should contact the county clerk.
The cost and length of probate can vary significantly depending on a number of factors such as the value and complexities of the estate, the existence of a will and the location of real property owned by the estate. Any contests or disputes with alleged creditors over the debts of the estate can also add significant time and fees. Common expenses of an estate include executors fees, accounting fees, court fees, appraisal costs, and surety bonds. Most estates are settled though probate in about 9 to 18 months, assuming there is no litigation involved.
Don’t play the guessing game with probate costs and processes. Schedule a FREE CALL experienced probate attorneys online 24/7. We frequently represent clients with sensitive probate matters in Fort Worth. We know the Tarrant, Denton, Wise and Parker County probate courts, the County Clerk offices, and the Fort Worth probate rules.
Alternatively, you can always give us a call us at 281-219-9090.