After the loss of a loved one, you deserve the chance to focus solely on moving forward. Unfortunately, the probate process can get in the way of your ability to heal. If you have been tasked with administering the estate of a family member, put compassionate legal counsel on your side.
Our firm, Townsend Allala, Coulter & Kludt, PLLC, has been helping Texas families through the probate process since 2009. We’re well known throughout El Paso as a team that not only gets exceptional results, but that truly cares about our clients. Schedule a consultation with us today if you are located in West Texas or Southern New Mexico.
What is Probate Administration?
While many people talk about probate, few truly understand what this legal term entails. If a person passes away and their name is still on a title or deed, a formal process must be carried out to remove that name and transfer ownership of their estate. This process is referred to as probate.
Probate administration can look different for every person depending on the circumstances surrounding their loved one’s death. However, in general, the following steps will usually be followed by all parties navigating probate in the state of Texas.
- You must first file an application for probate.
- A probate judge will validate the decedent’s will and verify the named executor.
- If there was no will, the judge will appoint an administrator.
- The executor or administrator will be responsible for cataloging and reporting assets held by the decedent's estate, notifying beneficiaries of the estate, and notifying creditors.
- Once debts have been resolved, the remaining assets will be distributed to their beneficiaries.
While this process may seem manageable at first glance, it is not uncommon for disputes and obstacles to arise along the way. These roadblocks can cause complications that you should not have to deal with on your own. Putting a qualified professional at the helm of your case is the best way to ensure that you experience smooth sailing as you seek to administer your loved one’s estate.