Probate Law Probate law encompasses complex policies and procedures.

To ensure the process of asset distribution goes smoothly, contact a probate attorney today.

The death of a loved one can be one of the most difficult and emotionally trying experiences in a person’s life. In addition to dealing with the grieving process, family members of the deceased must also address funeral preparations and begin the process of distributing personal property and assets to the deceased’s heirs and/or beneficiaries. Known as probate, this process ensures the proper dispersion of assets in accordance to the deceased’s final wishes.

Probate law can be an added headache in the grieving process if distribution of the loved one’s estate does not go according to plan or if there is no will. If you are facing issues with probate or wish to plan ahead and ensure your own estate is distributed the way you see fit, contact a probate attorney from Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, L.L.P. today.

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A Look Into the Probate Process

According to probate law, after a person dies, the ownership of his or her assts, personal belongings and property has to be legally allocated to the people mentioned in his or her will. Once the probate court validates the deceased family member’s will, it will allow the executor or administrator to carry out his or her probate responsibilities.

“It is of the utmost importance to draft a will prior to death. Otherwise, Texas probate court will decide how to distribute the estate.”

This being the case, it is of the utmost importance to draft a will prior to death. Otherwise, Texas probate court will decide how to distribute the estate. Whether you wish to challenge a will or executor’s validity, or if you need assistance or representation in a situation where there is not a will, the probate lawyers at Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant are here to assist you.

 

Different Types of Probate

Under Texas probate law, there are three types of probate: Independent Administration of Estates, Dependent Administration of Estates and Muniment of Title.

  • Dependent Administration of Estate – Under this type of probate, the administrator or executor has to seek court approval when carrying out any action in the probate process (e.g., selling the estate, paying debts, distributing assets, etc.).
  • Independent Administration of Estate – Under this type of probate, the court assigns full power to the estate’s executor or administrator to make any and all decisions regarding the estate.
  • Muniment of Title – This type of probate does not require the designation of an executor or administrator and allows a will to serve as a living document for years after an individual’s death.

If you have any questions regarding the different types of probate in Texas, contact one of our knowledgeable probate lawyers today.

 

Contact Our Attorneys for Help with Probate Matters Today

Our lawyers’ reputation and commitment to integrity and thoroughness make Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant one of your strongest allies in probate law issues. Call us at (940) 387-3518, or contact us here to discover how we can help you.

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