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McKinney Probate Lawyers
Whether a person dies with or without an estate plan, there is a real possibility that at least some of his or her assets will be subject to the process known as “probate.” Probate is a court-supervised process for distributing a deceased individual’s property to his or her heirs.
In Texas, there are a number of different forms of probate. Although the process can be stressful and time consuming, in some cases, it can also be fairly straightforward. At Nordhaus Walpole, PLLC, we have extensive experience representing personal representatives, heirs, beneficiaries and other interested parties in all aspects of probate administration in McKinney, TX. If you are preparing to go through probate, or if you have run into issues along the way, we can help you stand up for your loved one’s final wishes and enforce your legal rights.
Attorneys for Probate Administration in McKinney, TX
We represent all interested parties in probate administration. This includes:
- Personal representatives
The decedent’s personal representative is responsible for managing the probate administration process, including paying off debts and distributing the decedent’s assets to his or her beneficiaries (if there is a will) and heirs (if there is no will or the will does not address certain assets). Creditors are third-parties, such as lenders and credit card companies that may also get involved in probate to make sure they get paid out of the decedent’s estate.
Depending on whether the decedent left a will, as well as the size of his or her estate, there are a number of probate options that may be available. Most probate proceedings in Texas use what is known as “independent administration.” Independent administration allows the personal representative to perform his or her duties without seeking court approval, which speeds up the process and reduces the costs involved. Learn more about independent administration and the other types of probate in Texas.
Experienced Representation for Probate Litigation
In addition to representing interested parties in probate administration, our attorneys also regularly represent clients in probate litigation. With all that is at stake, it is not unusual for individuals to run into problems during the probate process. From questions about the content of a will, to disputes regarding a personal representative’s performance of his or her obligations, there are a number of issues that commonly lead to contentious disputes. We have extensive experience in cases involving will contests, breaches of fiduciary duty and a wide variety of other issues arising during probate administration.
In probate litigation, we focus on finding efficient, cost-effective and amicable resolutions to our clients’ problems. We are sensitive to the fact that you are going through a challenging time and if your dispute involves close family members or relatives, we understand how important it is not to let one disagreement lead to a lifetime of ill will. If you are facing a probate-related dispute, we encourage you to contact one of our McKinney probate lawyers to learn more about what we can do to help.
Speak with a Probate Lawyer at Nordhaus Walpole, PLLC Today
At Nordhaus Walpole, PLLC, we offer free consultations and we will speak with you in strict confidence about your legal needs. If you would like to discuss your needs with an attorney at our offices in McKinney, call (214) 726-1450 or send us a message online today.
Disclaimer: While our primary office is located in McKinney, Texas, Nordhaus Walpole provides legal representation to residents in the Allen, Frisco, Prosper, and entire Collin County area.