No matter the circumstances of a person’s death, it can be very difficult for the family. It’s emotional, depressing and often overwhelming for a surviving spouse or child. It can be very hard to be confronted with decisions and actions that must be taken regarding the person’s estate during this time of loss. It is especially difficult when the transfer requires going through the Texas probate process.
The Texas probate process is a legal proceeding that transfers ownership of the person’s property to 1) his beneficiaries under his will, or 2) to his heirs as determined by law. The transfer of property by going through a Texas probate can take only a few months (for estates with little property) or it can take years (for those with lots of property).
The amount of trouble involved in getting an estate settled in probate depends on the amount and type of property owned and whether the person had a will. A Texas probate with a proper will, a few accounts, a house and a car can be wrapped up in a fairly short period of time. A Texas probate with real estate and accounts in multiple counties or states can take some time to settle. Also, an estate with lots of creditors and limited assets to pay them will take more time and more effort to settle.
It is also more difficult to settle an estate if the person died without a will. In that case, the probate process may also require the court to identify the proper heirs before any property can be transferred from the estate. Typically this means that settling the estate will take more time, more court involvement and more expense.
Going through the Texas probate process is simply not something you can do on your own. Let The Law Office of Carla Peevey help you through the Texas probate process. Call 1-512-348-6890 for more information.
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