Houston Probate Lawyers
Experienced Guidance Through Probate
When a loved one passes away, their estate must be examined and distributed through a process called probate. As the executor or administrator of an estate, you will need guidance from a knowledgeable legal guide to help avoid pitfalls along the way. Call for an initial consultation to get started with the probate process.
Probate With or Without a Will
If a last will and testament has been drafted, the probate process will include admitting the will to probate and distributing assets according to the will. If there is no will, the deceased person’s heirs will inherit according to Texas intestacy laws.
An executor or administrator will be appointed, either according to the will or Texas law if no will exists, who must carryout the probate process in order to help ensure the estate is distributed appropriately.
At our firm, we pride ourselves in giving clients personal attention so that we may take them through the probate process as efficiently as possible. If you’ve been named as an executor in a will or there is no will, contact our Houston probate attorneys today. We have years of combined experience we can use to support and guide you.
We also take cases when clients call to probate an estate, including the following scenarios:
- The will does not name an executor
- The named executor has not started the process
Portions of the Probate Process
Probate involves two basic steps:
- Payment of debts
- Transfer of assets to beneficiaries
During the probate process, the executor or administrator and others involved should have an understanding of the elements involved:
- Validity – If a will exists upon a loved one’s passing, probate will first take routine steps to determine if it is valid. If an eligible party has reason to contest a will, it will be taken to probate court to determine its validity.
- Appraisals – Large parts of the estate – such as homes, businesses, or family heirlooms– are subject to appraisal to determine their true value during probate.
- Debts – If any debts or taxes are owed when the testator passes away, probate can help determine how to handle them.
- Distribution – When all other aspects of probate are sorted, the property and assets of the estate can be distributed.
Probate Explained by a Houston Probate Lawyer
Entering probate without proper guidance can be troublesome. You can trust that experienced and knowledgeable professionals will be working on your case, and that your loved one’s estate is treated fairly. If you want to relieve yourself of stress and ensure things go as smoothly and as swiftly as possible, call us today to see how we can help.
We are Houston probate attorneys. We help clients navigate the probate process. Call today for a confidential consultation,