Making a Painful Process Easier
Probate is the legal process by which a deceased person’s estate is distributed to his or her heirs pursuant to the person’s will. If a person dies intestate, or without a will, there will be no probate, but there can be an estate administration. In an estate administration, the person’s estate is distributed according to Texas inheritance laws. To learn more about how intestate inheritance in Texas works, click here for a description of Texas’ inheritance laws.
Probate is the legal process by which a deceased person’s estate is distributed.
There are several methods to transfer assets pursuant to Texas law. Determining which one is right for any given situation can be difficult. These are the most common types:
- Traditional Probate
- Probate as a Muniment of Title
- Small Estate Administration
- Independent Administration
- Dependent Administration
- Affidavits of Heirship
If you recently lost a loved one, consult with an attorney to determine which method of asset transfer is appropriate for you. You may also want to contact a Certified Public Accountant to assist you with the decedent’s final tax return and estate tax return.
You are required to be represented by a licensed attorney in order to probate a will.
In Travis County, you are required to be represented by a licensed attorney in order to probate a will. However, the Probate Court has several resources available that will assist you in learning about the process. To access the resources, click here. To learn more about intestate inheritance in Texas, click here.