Guiding You Through The Probate Process

Unless there is a living trust in place, after a person passes away, his or her assets typically must pass through probate. Probate can be a complicated and time-consuming process that few people are prepared for.

At The Johnson Firm, P.C., our attorneys walk clients through the probate process. We understand that the passing of a loved one is difficult. Let us take the reins on the probate process while you focus on your own well-being.

What Is Probate?

Probate is the legal process of distributing a decedent's assets. In probate, a will is validated and assets and debts are addressed. Depending on how thorough the decedent's estate plan is, probate can be fairly straightforward or quite complicated.

The 5 Parts Of Probate

When a person's estate enters probate, it will go through five steps before the process is complete. Knowing what those steps are can help you better understand the purpose of probate and what to expect:

  1. Validating the will: A judge will review the decedent's last will and testament to ensure that it is valid under Texas law.
  2. Executor hearing: The probate applicant, which may be you if you were named executor by the decedent, will appear before a judge to be confirmed as executor.
  3. Asset inventory: The probate court may require a complete list of the decedent's assets. This list will be made public, and creditors will be notified.
  4. Repay debts: If your loved one passed away with debts, some or all of them may need to be repaid.
  5. Distribute assets: Finally, the assets that are left will be distributed according to the decedent's last will and testament.

How An Attorney Can Help

Estate administration can become quite complicated. Depending on how it is handled and the estate planning your loved one did, the process can take a long time. Having an experienced attorney at your side can help ensure that it goes as smoothly as possible, deadlines are met and you have peace of mind knowing it is being handled properly.

Talk To Us About Probate In An Initial Consultation

When you meet with us in your first consultation, we can answer any questions you have about the probate process and further explain how we can help. To schedule your consultation, please call us at 972-364-7176 or fill out an online contact form.