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Dedicated Attorneys Assist Clients with the Texas Probate Process

Firm in Denton, Flower Mound, Gainesville and Celina handles estate issues

Texas offers different options when it comes time to probate a decedent’s estate. Without personalized legal guidance, you might not understand the best way to distribute assets to intended beneficiaries. Our North Texas law firm, Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP, advises clients from start to finish during the estate administration process and handles key tasks such as will filing, tax payment and the dispute resolution. Whether you need assistance with dependent or independent administration, our firm can minimize the stress and expense often associated with asset distribution. With offices in Denton, Flower Mound, Gainesville and Celina, we deliver comprehensive counsel for all types of probate concerns.

Knowledgeable lawyers work to distribute decedents’ assets efficiently

Over more than 30 years, our firm has skillfully handled a full range of estate planning matters, such as the creation of wills and trusts. We are also adept at finding the best and most efficient way to settle an individual’s estate, guiding clients through each step, including:

  • Filing the will — In many cases, Texas wills call for the independent administration of the estate. This means that the executor can engage in key transactions without court approval and does not have to post a bond. Whether you use this process or dependent administration, which gives the court greater control, our firm files the will and coordinates the delivery of letters testamentary so you can manage the estate.
  • Gathering assets — Our attorneys understand how to locate assets and use proper legal procedure to bring them into the estate. From the start, we’ll also provide advice regarding types of property, such as insurance policies and joint accounts, that are transferred outside the probate system.
  • Handling expenses — Prior to the closing of the estate, taxes and other expenses continue to accrue. At every stage, we maintain a thorough accounting of each item, submit required inventories to the court and facilitate the payment of ongoing obligations.
  • Distributing property — Once the court issues an order transferring ownership of the assets to the beneficiaries, we distribute the items with the utmost efficiency and professionalism.

Depending on your circumstances, the probate process can run from a few months to more than a year. No matter how simple or sophisticated your situation, our firm will identify the solution that works best. In certain instances, small-estate disposition or the muniment of title procedures might be appropriate.

Accomplished litigators advise on will contests and other disputes

A will contest might seriously threaten the value of the estate at issue and create additional stress at an already difficult time. Our firm delivers knowledgeable advice on will terms and the rights of purported beneficiaries. Often, we’re able to resolve matters without having to seek relief from a court, but if litigation is necessary, we will serve as strong advocates for the enforcement of the decedent’s true intentions.

Contact an effective North Texas probate attorney to make an appointment

Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP advises Texans on all types of probate issues, such as estate administration and will contests. Call us at 940-230-2386 or contact us online to schedule a meeting at one of our offices. Our firm has locations in Denton, Flower Mound, Gainesville and Celina.

Testimonials
  • "Absolute best in the business hands down! Don White is absolutely amazing wouldn't ever consider using anyone else, we highly recommend this firm!" - Alyssa McKissaack

  • "The best! Richard has been my family’s attorney for 35 years. Integrity best describes Richard Hayes." - John Grafa

  • "From my first meeting with Mr. Berry and his staff, I was immediately relieved. The bankruptcy process was explained to me simply and objectively and I was made to feel at ease through the entire ordeal. I would hope to be able to retain Byron Berry for any future needs." - Anonymous

  • "Great Firm with Great Lawyers! It was a great pleasure working with William and his team." - Collin R. Geis

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