After the death of a family member, surviving relatives are likely experiencing grief and possibly shock, and it can seem like a huge burden to then have to go through the probate process and estate administration. However, in many cases, the process can be quite straightforward and relatively simple. With the right help, the process doesn’t have to be overwhelming.
For starters, if the deceased person had a will, the first step of the probate process is usually to determine the validity of that will. From there, it is the responsibility of the appointed executor or personal representative of the estate to marshal all applicable assets. Then, any outstanding bills and debts of the estate must be paid. All remaining assets can then be distributed to the designated individuals noted in the will. And lastly, final tax and accounting issues must be addressed.
Each case is different
Of course, the above-noted process isn’t so straightforward in every case. Sometimes, there are problems with or objections to the will. In other situations, identifying assets of the estate might be a problem. Even finding designated heirs and beneficiaries can be an issue at times. Each case is different, so the probate and estate administration process can vary.
At our law firm, we work with individuals and families who are going through the probate and estate administration process in Texas. We do our best to make sure our clients’ experience with this process is trouble-free. For more information, please visit the probate and estate administration overview section of our law firm’s website.