The probate process is a complicated process many families are forced to undergo following the death of a loved one. During this process, The Bond Law Firm can provide the assistance necessary to make the probate process go as smoothly as possible.
We represent all parties involved in the probate process, from the executor of an estate to heirs or beneficiaries. Our goal is to help you protect estate assets, honor the wishes of the deceased, and get property transferred to the new owners as soon as it is possible to do so.
After a death, you probably have lots of questions about the probate process. Our legal team is here and ready to explain to you how the process works and to give you the information you need about how we can help you during probate. Give us a call at (218) 448-4100 for personalized advice on what you must do during the probate process and to get answers to questions you have about probate including:
- What is involved in the probate process?
- What does a Houston probate lawyer do during the probate process?
- How can a Houston probate lawyer help?
What is Involved in the Probate Process?
Most asset transfer through the probate process in the state of Texas, although there are exceptions for property held in trust; for IRAs, annuities and insurance policies; and for jointly held property. The probate process can take many months and involves official court proceedings during which state laws must be followed to the letter by those involved in the process.
Typically, the executor of an estate has the responsibility of filing initial court paperwork to initiate the probate process. Many steps must be taken during this process, from proving that a will is a legally valid one to determining whether estate tax must be paid on the property that the deceased has left behind. Though it all, the property of the deceased must be appropriately managed and cared for so the value of assets is not lost.
Going through the probate process is challenging for families coping with grief, especially if they are not familiar with how the court proceedings should work. It is important that all parties involved in the probate process understand Texas laws on wills and estates so they know what their role is during probate and so they can make certain that the wishes of the deceased are respected regarding property the deceased has left behind for loved ones.
What Does a Houston Probate Lawyer Do During the Probate Process?
A Houston probate lawyer provides the appropriate types of help during the probate process to ensure a client’s interests are respected. An attorney can:
- Help executors to file court paperwork, provide required notice, take care of estate property, transfer estate property, respond to claims against the estate, collect debts owed to the estate, address estate tax issues, and much more.
- Protect the interests of heirs or beneficiaries. Our legal team will assist in monitoring the probate process to make certain an executor of an estate is competently performing the duties entrusted to him during the probate process and can help heirs or beneficiaries to take action if the value of their inheritance is threatened.
- Represent those who wish to contest a will. If you believe the wishes of the deceased aren’t accurately reflected in the will, our legal team can assist you in raising the strongest possible arguments and presenting evidence in a convincing way to show the probate court why a will should not be probated.
Our legal team also assists in cases where there is no will and intestacy law applies, and in complex estate litigation when problems arise during probate. We know that times are hard after a death has happened, and we provide compassionate representation aimed at reducing your stress, protecting your interests, and helping you to honor the memory of your loved one.
How can a Houston Probate Lawyer Help During the Probate Process?
The Bond Law Firm has extensive experience representing all parties to the probate process. We know Texas laws on probate inside and out and will work to make sure the probate process goes as smoothly and quickly as possible. We will protect the wishes of the deceased and the rights of heirs or beneficiaries.
Give us a call at (218) 448-4100 or contact us online to talk with a Houston probate lawyer about the ways in which our legal team can offer assistance during this complicated court process during a time of grief.