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Frequently Asked Questions About Texas Probate

Our Longview probate attorneys at Boon Calk Echols Coleman & Goolsby have decades of experience in matters of probate and estate administration. We have provided answers to some of the most common questions we hear from our clients. To discuss your probate concerns in a free consultation, please call us in Longview at 903-704-0592 or send us an email inquiry. Our probate lawyers represent clients throughout East Texas.

How Can My Estate Avoid Probate?

This question is frequently asked in connection with complex estates. If the estate has a will, the will has to go through probate. However, assets held in a trust can avoid the probate process. Another advantage of creating a trust is that a trust can keep money and assets private and out of the public record, whereas a probated will becomes part of the public record. Our trust and estate planning attorneys can further explain your specific options for keeping assets out of the probate process.

Please see our Overview of Wills and Trusts to learn more about these important estate planning tools.

What Is The Probate Process In Texas?

Our attorneys are equipped to guide you through every step in the probate process, which typically involves:

  • Submitting a petition to the probate court
  • Validation of the decedent’s will
  • Appointing an estate administrator or identifying an executor
  • Notifying heirs and beneficiaries
  • Conducting an estate inventory
  • Conducting an asset appraisal
  • Paying off the estate’s remaining debts or taxes
  • Distributing estate assets to heirs and beneficiaries or, if the decedent died intestate (without a will), according to the intestate laws of Texas

We understand that the probate process can feel overwhelming, especially in the midst of grieving. Our probate attorneys are here to help alleviate your burdens and guide you through the probate process with care and efficiency.

How Long Does Probate Take In Texas?

How long the probate process takes will depend on a number of factors, including the size and complexity of the estate, whether there was a will or no will, and whether the will is contested. For a relatively simple estate, the process could take about three months. For a complex estate, the process could take up to nine months or even a year or longer. Really, the best way to get an idea of how long the process will take is to contact our law office and speak with a probate attorney.

How Can I Resolve A Probate Dispute?

When an estate has to go through probate, there is a chance that a dispute will arise between various parties, requiring probate litigation. For example, a family member may seek to have the will voided on the grounds that the decedent was unduly influenced by a third party; or a family member may contest some aspect of the will and seek to have it changed. If such a dispute arises, you do not have to confront it alone. Probate litigation requires extensive knowledge of the probate process in Texas and the relevant issues at hand. Our probate litigation lawyers are here to protect your interests and help you resolve the dispute in a way that aligns with your loved one’s wishes.

Contact Us For A Free Consultation

We understand that you likely have a lot of questions about the probate process. Our estate administration attorneys offer a free initial consultation to get your immediate questions answered. Please call us in Longview at 903-704-0592 or complete our contact form. We serve individuals and families throughout East Texas.