The death of a family member or loved one is often filled with grief, loss, and confusion. In addition to the emotional turmoil a death often causes, someone must handle the legal aspects of the death. In Texas, this often requires probating the decedent’s estate. Probate is the legal process by which the debts of the estate are paid, assets inventoried and valued, and estate property is transferred to the appropriate beneficiaries or heirs. Because of the heightened emotions that often accompany the death of a loved one, mistakes are often made in the probate of the estate. Only an experienced attorney can answer specific questions regarding probate of a loved one’s estate; however, there are some things that you should know about the probate process in general which may help you avoid making those mistakes.
Topics covered in this report include:
- Are All Estates Probated the Same Way?
- Testate vs. Intestate (and other terms you should know)
- Who Begins the Probate Process?
- What Happens During Probate?
- What Happens if Someone Challenges the Will?
- How Are Assets Transferred to Beneficiaries or Heirs?
- Final Thoughts