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Probate options available to Texas estate administrators

In the state of Texas there are three varieties of probate administration. They are distinguished by the amount of court supervision involved. Each has its advantages and each has its disadvantages, depending on your situation and needs. At the Law Office of Sharon C. Stodghill, we are committed to helping you determine which form of probate administration is most appropriate for you.

Dependent administration is the form of probate with the highest amount of court supervision. The estate administrator must obtain permission from the court in order to complete any kind of transaction — like paying off the debts and/or selling off the property of the estate. This type of estate administration could be useful for estates that face the threat of a great amount of conflict between heirs and beneficiaries.

Independent administration is probably the most popular kind of probate in Texas. It is less costly than dependent administration because it is not necessary to post a bond, and the estate administrator will not have to appear in court for a great deal of hearings. This type of administration is useful to those looking for the most efficient way to navigate the probate process. Still, it may not be the best option for everyone.

Muniment of title is another option that is only available in Texas, and it does not even require an administrator or an executor to distribute the property. All that is necessary is a court order to certify the will and then the property can be legally transferred to the beneficiaries. This option is best for estates that only involve real estate assets that need to be transferred. Do you want to know which of these probate administration options is best suited for your needs? At the Law Office of Sharon Stodghill, we will review the details of your case, inform you of your legal rights and options and help you decide the most suitable way to proceed.