PROBATE & ESTATE ADMINISTRATION
The Texas probate process entails various legal filings and various other responsibilities. Attorney Bruce Thrasher acts on behalf of heirs and personal representatives (usually called "executors"), handling all phases of the process. If you have recently lost a family member and would like assistance with an estate that will be handled in a Texas probate court, contact our office to schedule an initial consultation.
In Texas, if the deceased had a proper will at the time of death the probate is usually "independent". An independent probate provides a flexible and inexpensive process where the executor/administrator appointed in the will acts on behalf of the estate, identifies heirs, manages assets, pays debts, files income tax returns, files required documents with the probate court, and distributes the assets according to the terms of the will. The process may be concluded in six months, or may take years, depending on the complexity of the estate.
Supervised Probates (or "dependent")
If a person dies without a proper will, or when an heir or potential heir expresses a concern about the administration of the estate, the court may require that the process be "dependent", which in Texas is called a supervised probate. In supervised probate, every detail of administration of the estate must be approved by the probate judge.
The probate courts not only supervise the administration of post-death estates, they also may become involved in the administration of trusts and appointing and supervising guardians and conservators for children and adults who are not able to manage their own affairs. At The Law Offices of Bruce Thrasher, we assist clients with all types of probate litigation, helping them resolve disputes involving matters handled in probate court.