Many individuals have the false impression that the probate process is expensive and cumbersome. This does not have to be the case. If an individual has a Last Will & Testament in place, the probate process can be done relatively quickly and without much court oversight. In the absence of a Will, the process is much more complicated, costly and takes an incredible amount of time. That is why it is imperative that every individual have their own Last Will & Testament regardless of age or financial position.
In Texas an estate is comprised of all of the assets owned by someone at the time of their death such as cash, real estate, stocks, bonds, life insurance, retirement accounts, cars, etc. After someone passes away, probate is the process used for transferring the property and belongings of that person to their heirs. In Texas, probate is not mandatory however, the entire probate system was designed to help heirs and beneficiaries clear title to assets as quickly and easily as possible. This process also helps prevent false claims against the decedent’s estate. In fact, many banks and other institutions will not release funds and assets to the heirs of the decedent account owner without a probate order to protect themselves from liability. An experienced estate planning and probate attorney can reduce any complications associated with the probate process.
It is possible to manage your estate to limit the necessity of a probate and keep as much of your property out of the probate process allowing your heirs quick access to assets for the payment of final expenses, funeral costs and allocate resources to the surviving heirs. This includes beneficiary designations, payable on death designations and transfer on death designations. Property can also pass prior to the death of the owner through various other tools which we can discuss.
At the Law Offices of Diane St. Yves, we have helped many clients with probate and estate administrations by filing the necessary pleadings and preparing the documents required under Texas laws. We work with the administrators and executors along with the beneficiaries to help them understand and comply with all of the appropriate laws. Our experience enables us to effectively and sensitively counsel the decedent’s survivors and beneficiaries during their period of adjustment.
Even if you have invested time to educate yourself on estate planning, risk management and wealth preservation, and find you need a few answers to questions, our attorneys can confidently guide you through the transition process and help bring peace to the future.
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The experienced estate probate law attorneys at the Law Office of Diane St. Yves can help assist you with any probate issues. Call 281-501-1558 to schedule a consultation or fill in the contact form on this page and meet with one of our family law attorneys to get an evaluation of your case.