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Following the death of a loved one, it is often necessary to go through the probate process to put into effect the provisions of the person’s Will or to access property. Probate is the process of collecting and transferring legal title of an individual’s assets following his or her death. In Texas, the probate process can range from relatively straightforward to more burdensome, depending on whether the individual left a Will, the contents of the Will, and the extent of the assets and debts of the estate.

Understandably, the last thing you want to worry about after the death of a loved one is what to do with his or her Will or how to manage distribution of the remaining assets. If you are named personal representative of the estate, there are a number of responsibilities you have to the estate and the beneficiaries. BAJB can guide you through probate of the estate to help ease what can be a cumbersome and complex process, especially during this difficult time.

Probate options when there is a Will include:

  • Independent Administration
  • Muniment of Title
  • Dependent Administration

If a loved one dies without a Will, you may still have a number of probate options. The one that is right for the estate depends on various circumstances, such as the size of the estate and the amount of debt owed by the estate.

Probate options when there is no Will include:

  • Small Estate Affidavit
  • Determination of Heirship
  • Court Created Independent Administration
  • Dependent Adminstration
  • Affidavit of Heirship

If you have general questions about the probate process or need assistance with probate, contact BAJB.

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