Probate issues in Texas come in many different forms and all can use legal advice. In some instances, the probate process is extensive and costly. In others, it does not take particularly long and is not difficult. There is no reason to be frightened of this even if there is a probate dispute, but it is still smart to have legal help from start to finish. Knowing the different types of probate is a good place to start, but the foundation of the probate process is generally similar for everyone at its outset.
The probate process will begin with the initial application being filed and the appointment of a personal representative. Next, there are numerous issues that will be handled. The will must be filed with the court. It will be deemed as valid or invalid. When there is not a will, the court will identify the heirs of the decedent. The assets in the estate will be accounted for with the results of that accounting to be reported to the court. Creditors will be informed that the person died and they will be granted the chance to make claims against the person's estate.
If there are debts and expenses in the estate, these will be paid. The assets that are left will then be distributed based on what the will says or state law when there was not a will. A will contest or other probate dispute could lead to a legal filing to settle the matter. Clearly, these are all factors that can be confusing to people who are not accustomed to these situations making it all the more important to have legal help.
Probate can be complex. With that in mind, people who are dealing with the death of a loved one and have concerns about the will, its validity or its contents can seek assistance from an attorney who is experienced in probate litigation. It is wise to do so.