Probate is the legal process by which the court appoints an individual to administer the decedent’s estate (for example, distribute property and pay debts). The court appointed individual will be given the authority to transfer the decedent’s probate assets to his or her beneficiaries or heirs after all of the decedent’s debts have been paid.
We can help you probate the decedent’s estate if the deceased person died with a will or without a will.
Typical client: A client comes to our office after a spouse, relative, or friend has recently passed away. He or she knows that assets of the deceased person need to be distributed to the family or friends and that debts need to be paid, but the client is not sure what to do next. It is our goal to carefully explain the probate process step by step. We will assist you in gathering the probate assets and notifying the beneficiaries and creditors of the estate, as required by the Texas Estates Code. When it is time, we will help you pay the debts of the estate and transfer the property to the beneficiaries of the estate.
Our first question will be whether the deceased spouse, relative, or friend (referred to as the “Decedent”) had a Will or not.
1) If the Decedent had a properly drafted Will, then the probate process is relatively simple. Our probate lawyers will be happy to help you probate the Will and transfer the property according to the terms of the Will. Click here for a brief example of the probate process when a Decedent died with a legal, valid Will.
2) If the Decedent did not have a Will, then the probate process is unfortunately a little more complicated, but our experienced probate attorneys will be able to guide you through the legal process. Click here for a brief example of the probate process when the Decedent does not have a Will.
If you have a spouse, relative, or friend that recently passed away and you would like to discuss how to probate his or her estate, please contact Maverick Law immediately so we can help you with the probate process.