The first step in the probate process is when you 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 Sugar Land, this is generally Fort Bend County.
It’s extremely important to start the probate process in the correct jurisdiction. Probates filed in the incorrect court will 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 qualifications. 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, Sugar Land probate cases will be held within the Fort Bend County Courts. Unlike neighboring Harris county, Fort Bend County does not have any statutory probate courts. In Fort Bend County uncontested probate matters are heard on designated Monday afternoons. Each court that hears Sugar Land probate cases is located in Richmond, TX.
The judges for all six courts have agreed to the Fort Bend county Local Court Rules, but each judge has their own manner hearing cases and operating their court. What works in one court in Fort Bend County may very well not work in another court in Fort Bend County. This can be demonstrated with a quick visit to the Fort Bend County website where some courts have explicitly stated unique requirements.
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.
In Fort Bend county, you can check the status of all filings by visiting this webpage and scrolling down to the penultimate bullet in the body paragraph.
For questions about filings that are not accessible through the search tool, the County Clerk can be reached several ways. Calling (281) 341-8685 will give an automated machine with the option to connect to an operator within the County Clerk office. The Clerk’s office can also be reached at email@example.com.
For civil and probate matters, it is best practice to call 832-471-1806 to get ahold of someone who can directly assist you.
Alternatively, the Fort Bend County Clerk’s Office can be reached via mail:
Fort Bend County Clerk
301 Jackson Street, Suite 101
Richmond, TX 77469
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