After a person passes away, his or her estate and all its components must be accounted for and distributed among heirs, inheritors and creditors according to a special court process known as probate. The probate process heavily relies on the executor—the person the deceased put in charge of protecting his or her property as outlined in the official will—working in tandem with the probate court. Without a will or a specifically appointed executor, the probate court will select a person it considers the most fitting to be the executor or administrator of the estate.
Most states in America use the Uniform Probate Code (UPC) to carry out probate matters. The UPC was designed by experts to make the whole probate process a bit smoother. However, Texas is one of the few states that does not use the UPC. Instead, it uses similar protocol that governs what documents are required, what information they must include and when everything must be filed. Probate cases can vary from situation to situation, but the process in states that don’t adhere to UPC protocol can be broken up into three categories: getting things in order, distributing the deceased’s estate and closing the deceased’s estate.
At Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, we understand the probate process is complex and can be difficult to navigate for those who are unfamiliar with it. We’re here to help! If you need assistance with probate or other estate planning matters, count on our highly experienced and helpful probate lawyers. Simply give us a call at (940) 387-3518, or feel free to contact us here.
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