Austin Probate Attorneys: Your Guiding Light In Dark Times
Losing a loved one is difficult, especially when trying to settle your loved one’s estate while grieving. At Warren & Kazen Law, our probate lawyers guide you through the process. We will conduct a detailed review of the estate and help you find the most efficient process to get through probate.
We can assist you in probating a will, determining heirs and other aspects of estate administration. If you have been appointed to serve as the executor or administrator of a Texas estate, we can represent you and help you navigate the court system, guiding you through the entire process.
What Does Probate Mean?
Probate is the court process for administering the estate of someone who has passed away. It serves to validate their will (if they have one) and satisfy any debts owed to creditors.
The executor – also called an estate administrator or personal representative – has the critical role of shepherding the estate through probate and other aspects of estate administration. It’s a process that requires careful attention to detail and a thorough understanding of Texas probate law to ensure that everything is handled fairly and in accordance with the deceased’s wishes.
Types Of Probate In Texas
In Texas, there are several types of probate procedures, including:
- Formal probate, a more complex process involving court supervision
- Small estate affidavit, which is a simplified and streamlined process
- Muniment of title, which is also a simplified process for transferring assets pursuant to a will
Choosing the right process can significantly affect the speed and ease with which an estate is settled. Our Austin and Dripping Springs-based probate attorneys can help you understand each type and determine which is the appropriate fit for your specific circumstances.
Resolving Probate Disputes
Disputes during probate can arise between heirs, heirs and the executor, prospective heirs and beneficiaries, or heirs and creditors. These conflicts can sometimes be resolved through negotiation, preserving family relationships and estate assets. Other times, a court intervention may be necessary to reach a resolution.
We strive to resolve disputes in a way that honors the decedent’s legacy while protecting the interests of our clients. Should a dispute arise in the process, you can count on us to skillfully address it.
Our lawyers are also available to act as private fiduciaries, such as trustees or executors. We often step into this role when a named fiduciary is unable or unwilling to act or when there are no family members willing or able to step into the role. We also provide general advice to fiduciaries about aspects of administration, including creditor issues, the sale of a business, real estate issues and management of other complex assets.