Losing a beloved family member or friend is one of the most challenging life experiences. After they pass, you are likely left with their precious property and belongings. This is why the probate process exists, as it helps ensure that your loved one’s property is divided appropriately and according to their wishes if dictated. However, this can still be a confusing process for some.
James H. Horton Law Firm, P.C. is knowledgable in the probate process and can help answer the common questions.
What Does Probate Mean?
Probate refers to the process set in place after a loved one passes away. How the process goes depends on if there was a will or not. With a valid will in place, the courts will ensure that the property is appropriately distributed. However, not everyone has a will to follow, which can make the process more difficult. Without a will, it is up to the state courts to divide property amongst relatives and loved ones.
What Role Do Wills Play?
In the probate process, the will guides attorneys and courts during property and asset distribution after death. However, it is important to note that the will must be valid and signed appropriately. An experienced attorney, such as the team at James H. Horton Law Firm, P.C., can assist in validating the will for the probate process.
What Is Intestate?
Intestate is when a loved one passes away without a last will and testament. Compared to traditional probate, this is a more difficult process and requires further involvement from the courts. They will have to determine heirs and then move forward in dividing the estate. This can leave people feeling unsatisfied.
Is The Probate Process Difficult?
Typically the probate process in Texas is not arduous unless individuals fight the administration of the estate. Furthermore, if there is no will in place, you can expect this process to take longer, as the courts will have to determine heirs and divide the property.
Don’t Wait For Probate
It is never too early to begin planning your estate and preparing for the probate process. You don’t want to leave your loved ones without a guide to dividing your estate. James H. Horton Law Firm, P.C. is here to help you plan for the process and get your will ready for probate.