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Collin County Probate Attorneys, Nordhaus Walpole, PLLC
Probate is a mystery to most of the public. The Collin County probate attorneys at Nordhaus Walpole are here to help guide you through the process.
In its most basic terms, probate is the process of transferring the property and belongings of a person who has died to their heirs. Despite what you may have heard, probate does not need to be lengthy, expensive or complicated. However, the probate system is intended to help heirs and beneficiaries clear title to assets as easily as possible, and to prevent false claims against the decedent's estate. Many banks and other institutions will not release funds and assets to the heirs of the decedent account owner without a probate order which protects them from liability.
Texas has a simplified probate process and offers a wide range of choices for settling decedent's estates. Nearly eighty percent of Texas probate cases are handled through Independent Administration which requires only one court hearing and the filing of an inventory of assets. Probate through independent administration can usually be completed in less than three months if the Will is properly drafted and explicitly specifies independent administration. On the other hand, when a person dies without a will, one of the most burdensome forms of probate known as court supervised dependent administration may be required. In this process, the administrator of the estate can take little action without the express approval of the court.
As experienced Collin County probate attorneys, we are prepared to handle probate issues ranging from routine probate to complicated fiduciary litigation. There are six different ways to probate a will and many more methods when a person dies without a will. We always look for the simplest and most economical method to meet your family's needs. Occasionally, wills are contested. We are experienced in handling will contests in the courts.
The McKinney probate lawyers at Nordhaus Walpole take special care during these difficult times to represent families with caring and compassionate counsel, guidance and direction. We are well aware of the added stress that legal proceedings bring to difficult situations, and strive to complete the process quickly while maintaining an eye towards your expressed goals. Experience enables us to confidently guide you through the transition process and help you address the future.
For further information, please contact us today to schedule a free initial legal consultation.