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Probate

Probate is the judicial process wherein a court appoints a personal representative (an “Executor,” if there is a last will and testament) to manage a decedent’s assets, pay any of decedent’s debts, transfer legal title in the remaining property to the beneficiaries or heirs of decedent’s estate.  Administering the estate of a loved one can be both confusing and difficult during your time of grief.  Houser Law Firm is here to help…

Generally, probate administration is a fairly efficient process in Texas. However, situations may arise where the process can become quite complex, such as when a person dies without a will (“intestate”) or navigating the dynamics of a blended family.

The Houser Law Firm’s attorneys have represented hundreds of individuals and corporate personal representatives in probate courts across Texas.  We handle non-contested and contested probate matters for estates of varying sizes and complexities.

What Does Probate Entail?

The extent and complexity of probating an estatedepends on a variety of factors, such as whether the deceased person had a will, whether the person has children from a previous relationship, whether a contest is expected, and whether the nature of the assets to be administered. Our team of attorneys assist with:

  • The administration of deceased individuals estates, both with and without a last will and testament
  • Assisting executor or administrator with probate administration requirements
  • Preparations of federal estate tax returns
  • Helping fiduciaries understand and fulfill their legal obligations
  • Representating beneficiaries and ensuring that the Executor of an estate is properly fulfilling their fiduciary duties

The Pitfalls of Continuing Without a Probate Attorney

Attorneys who do not regularly practice in the probate courts may inadvertently miss some critical parts of the probate process. We routinely work with courts in Dallas, Collin, Denton, Rockwall, Tarrant, Kaufman, and Ellis counties (as well as other courts across Texas) and are familiar with the little procedural and practical nuances that frequently beset probate matters. In short, our probate attorneys are efficient problem solvers that can save you time, money and effort in administering an estate. Some issues that probate attorneys can help your family avoid include:

Some of the common documents that we use to create your custom estate plan include:

  • Executor or administrator misconduct
  • Failure to comply with statutory requirements
  • Delays in the processing or closing of an estate
  • Missing any debt from creditors that the legal representative is now accountable for
  • Incorrect distribution of assets

Keep the Probate Process Clear with the Houser Law Firm

If your family is currently involved in a probate administration, you don’t have to deal with it alone. Let a trusted probate attorney from the Houser Law Firm walk you through this process. Contact us today to find out more.

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