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Probate Court is where almost nobody ever wants to be.  If you are there and not a probate attorney, it usually means that you have recently lost someone that you love to death or incapacity.  Further, it can mean that your loved one left no valid Will or other directions on what needs to be done and you may be at the mercy of Texas law and the Probate Court to make some very personal decisions.

If there is a Will, the Will will need to be probated.  Under Texas Probate law this is a simple process.  In fact, Texas has the simplest and least expensive probate law in the nation.  It is a very simple process if you have the original copy of a valid Will, an honest Executor & Trustees, and Beneficiaries that can agree.  The problems come in when you can't find the original Will and it was last seen in the possession of the Decedent, an Executor or Trustee is dishonest, or the Beneficiaries begin to fight.  All these things bring an estate into Probate Court and can run up expenses and take time. 

Without a Valid Will or Trust in Texas, a person's property will be distributed under Texas law.  Even worse this means that the estate may be a dependant administration meaning that the Court has to approve all distributions, guardianships, and sales of property. Even worse under Texas Intestate law, a surviving spouse does not always inherit the estate.  In fact, parents and siblings of the deceased can inherit portions of property that prevent a surviving spouse from selling property.  Further, if minor children are involved their interests in real estate can prevent sale or refinancing unless there is a court order or a designated ad litem or guardian.  The name of the game in Probate Law is to plan before hand.  If this was not done or if the estate planning was done incorrectly, make sure that you have a good attorney to help you through the probate process.

If someone close to you has died and you need to obtain control of assets or even worse if there are others that are attempting to wrongfully seize assets, make sure that there is someone to look out for your interests.  Someone to assist in seeking inventories and obtaining an accounting as to what has been spent and what needs to be done to free up property and assets.

The TexasLawyers.com Directory and Information Center has several attorneys that draft Wills, assist in Estate Planning, and handle Probate Matters.  For questions on these attorneys follow the below links or send an e-mail to Jason Coomer.

The Law Offices of Jason S. Coomer, PLLC
Becerra Colgin & Perwin, LLC

Law Office of Joseph Daniel Stokes, III


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