Probate of Will
Probate of Will as Muniment of Title
Administration without a Will
Small Estate Affidavit
Affidavit of Heirship
After the death of a
loved one and after an opportunity for family to grieve, the executor named in the Will or the heirs of the decedent
should consult with an attorney regarding the administration
of the estate. If the decedent left a valid Will, then
the attorney and client can determine if the Will should be admitted
to probate. The Texas Probate Code provides for independent
administration in most cases so as to provide a minimal reliance
on the court system.
The law also provides alternatives to formal
probate which include: Affidavits of Heirship, Small Estate
Affidavits and Probate of Will as Muniment of Title. Not
everyone is eligible for these less formal procedures but many
estates can be administered less expensively with the use of
these alternative procedures.
Executors and family members should always exercise
extreme caution in distributing assets or administrating any aspect
of the estate prior to a consultation with an attorney. Our practice includes probate matters.