It is a common assumption that avoiding probate is always desirable. The truth is, probate can serve some important functions: ensuring the fair and efficient distribution of assets, ensuring creditors receive payment, protecting the rights of beneficiaries, and upholding the decedent’s last wishes.
It is an honorable and necessary process that someone must fulfill.
Our probate lawyers can provide as much or as little assistance as you need. If you have probated a Will in the past and are just uncertain about a few points, we can answer any questions you may have. If you need comprehensive guidance, we will take you step-by-step through the process from filing the paperwork in probate court to closing the estate.
As the executor of a Texas estate, you will have a variety of duties, many of which benefit from having investigatory, financial, accounting and legal insights. When you work with our firm we will evaluate the Last Will and Testament and prepare a checklist for you of the steps you need to take.
In some instances, we may be able to advise you of probate alternatives that can save you time and expense. Learn more about probate alternatives.
In most cases, however, probate will include the following:
The executor is considered a fiduciary, which means you must act in the best interest of the beneficiaries. This includes:
Depending on the complexity of the estate and the length of time it takes to get through the probate process, you may have to take action to preserve the assets of the estate. We will help you make arrangements to:
We know it is a lot to think about at a time of stress and mourning. We think of it for you.
Pick up the phone whenever you have a question. We serve clients in McKinney, Celina, Allen and communities throughout Denton County.