When an individual dies, many assets pass without any court interference. However, some property will not automatically go to heirs without a court order. This court process is called probate. If a loved one has died, it is a good idea to meet with your attorney to determine what you need to do to ensure title passes correctly.
During the probate process, if the deceased person created a will during their lifetime, that will is presented to the proper court and certain tasks must be performed. For example, the debts and taxes of the deceased person must be paid, it must be determined what the deceased person owns so that the assets can be divided accordingly. Finally, after all the necessary legal and paperwork has been completed, the property may be distributed as directed by a will or by Texas law.
The Texas probate process can be fairly quick and inexpensive, however, it can also become lengthy, time-consuming and costly if not done properly.
Muddling yourself through probate alone can be overwhelming, especially during a time of grievance. We have experience assisting families with probate matters. Contact us to discuss your specific needs.