Probate of Will
Probate of Will as Muniment of Title
Administration without a Will
Small Estate Affidavit
Affidavit of Heirship
After the death of a loved one and after an opportunity for family to grieve, the executor named in the Will or the heirs of the decedent should consult with an attorney regarding the administration of the estate. If the decedent left a valid Will, then the attorney and client can determine if the Will should be admitted to probate. The Texas Probate Code provides for independent administration in most cases so as to provide a minimal reliance on the court system.
The law also provides alternatives to formal probate which include: Affidavits of Heirship, Small Estate Affidavits and Probate of Will as Muniment of Title. Not everyone is eligible for these less formal procedures but many estates can be administered less expensively with the use of these alternative procedures.
Executors and family members should always exercise extreme caution in distributing assets or administrating any aspect of the estate prior to a consultation with an attorney. Our practice includes probate matters.