Probate or Estate Administration
Probate or estate administration exists as a means of moving property and accounts from a deceased party to their intended beneficiaries by means of an executor or administration who takes charge of the finances and property of the deceased party. It is a court-controlled process that allows an "estate" to act legally as the deceased party for a period of time intended to wrap up credit and bank accounts, home loans and deeds, and other legal concerns.
While the executor will take part in the hands-on care of a deceased party's property, they will need to hire an attorney to set hearings and court proceedings in order to be named as the executor, take the oath of office, and notify beneficiaries and creditors. It is extremely unlikely that the executor will be able to move through the probate process without a qualified attorney up to date on the Texas Estates Code, and while the process is expensive, hiring a professional moves it along smoothly. The process all told should be wrapped up within a few months, but must be begun as quickly as possible following expiration.
If a loved one has passed away, call Brent Burpee at (512) 743-1711 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can explain the probate or administration process, and we can begin to take the steps to move your case forward.