Most of us have heard at least one or two stories about the difficulties of navigating the probate process. It is like a complex puzzle with a million pieces that must be expertly managed to ensure everything fits exactly where it is supposed to. And the experience is only made harder by the fact that the executor may be a loved one experiencing grief along with new responsibilities.
The good news is that your friends here at Leigh Hilton, PLLC have helped many families just like yours manage that process.
What is probate?
When a person dies in Texas with assets in their name, those assets are often subject to probate, a complex legal process where their will is validated, heirs are determined, assets are inventoried and appraised, debts are paid, and assets are ultimately distributed. And this all happens under a judge’s supervision. The probate process is often dictated by a valid will, but it also applies when a person dies without having signed a valid will. And that is where things can get really overwhelming.
If someone dies without an estate plan designed to avoid probate, the beneficiaries will need to hire an attorney if they want to take control over the estate’s assets. Here are a few other reasons why you need help from a skilled attorney:
Probate ties up finances — All the assets of the estate are frozen until an executor or administrator is appointed, which can take months. Meanwhile, family members may have to pay for expenses relating to the estate or the assets (funeral bills, maintenance of property, taxes, insurance, etc.), until those assets are available. Once the executor is appointed, it could be months or even years before the assets are finally distributed. Probate interferes with family business — If you want to manage or sell a decedent’s business or take action with any other asset (real estate, bank accounts, investment accounts, etc.), you will likely not be able to do so until the probate process has been opened and the executor or administrator has been appointed. Even after that, you still may need approval from a probate judge.
When you are already grieving the death of a family member or close friend, the complex demands of the Texas probate process can be overwhelming. We have helped many families gain access to their inheritance as quickly as possible. Let us make a complex process easier on you and your loved ones.
Call Leigh Hilton PLLC today!!
Having a competent probate attorney in your corner will help you and your family navigate the often overwhelming waters that come with protecting everything you own and everyone you love. That is our job, and we would like to think we do it better than anyone else. Call Leigh Hilton PLLC so that we can help ensure you and your family are taken care of in the best way possible. Leigh Hilton PLLC wants to be your first call every time for any estate planning need. We look forward to serving you.