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Is the Probate Process Public in Texas?

Generally, yes, the probate process is public in Texas. The application and other documents are filed with the county clerk and open for inspection by the public. In fact, most counties provide free online access to the county clerk’s records.

You can search the Harris County Probate records here, for example.

What Types of Records are Public?

The records will include an application for probate. This document generally details the beneficiaries named in the will or, absent a will, the decedent’s family relationships.

Depending on the county, the death certificate may also be filed and publicly available.

The records may also include an inventory. The inventory will list all of the decedent’s assets and claims at the time of death. The probate attorney may recommend filing an Affidavit in Lieu of an Inventory when there is a need or desire to keep some of the assets and claim information private.

If the probate lasts longer than one year, the personal representative may have to file an annual accounting with the court. This record is also public. It provides a detailed history of the income and expenses of the estate.

Redacted Information

The county clerks will insist that social security numbers and other sensitive information be redacted from documents that are filed. This includes redacting all but the last three digits of the social security numbers, etc.

On request, the probate courts can also order records sealed or kept private if there is some other reason for keeping information private. This is not all that common, but it is a possibility.

Why Choose Us?

Local Expertise: With a focus on probate and assisting clients in Houston, we understand local peculiarities and leverage our established network to expedite the probate process.

Vast Experience: Our attorneys bring years of dedicated experience in navigating Harris County’s probate system.

Client-Centered Approach: We recognize the emotional stress often associated with probate administration. Our objective is to alleviate this stress by providing you with top-notch legal support.

Contact us today to arrange a FREE consultation and make the probate process simpler for you.

Our Houston Probate Attorneys provide a full range of probate services to our clients, including helping with probate administrations. Affordable rates, fixed fees, and payment plans are available. We provide step-by-step instructions, guidance, checklists, and more for completing the probate process. We have years of combined experience we can use to support and guide you with probate and estate matters.


Disclaimer:  The content of this website is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice and should not be acted upon without consulting a qualified probate attorney.


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