Attorneys Experienced In The Probate Process
Probate is the court process of dealing with the estate of someone who has passed. Depending on the size and complexity of the estate, the steps to the process are different. There is also the possibility of others challenging the proceedings, complicating the process.
The probate process consists of many parts, including determining if there is a will or trust and distributing pieces of the estate accordingly. Estates typically include:
- Physical property like cars, jewelry, furniture, etc.
- Life insurance policies
- Bank accounts, including retirement funds
- Investments, stocks, and bonds
- Real estate
Depending on the type of estate you are dealing with, the probate process will look different. Our attorney will be able to help you understand how the process works.
Do I Need The Help Of An Attorney?
Going through probate can be a long and complex process. When you have experienced the loss of a loved one, working on legal documents is the last thing you should have to worry about. Working with an attorney can free you from much of the stress that comes with legal processes and allow you to focus on healing and your family.
Our experienced attorney, Patrick O. Naylor, will walk with you through the entire process. For over 40 years, he has been helping people after the loss of a loved one and knows exactly what you need to efficiently work through the legal process.
When you work with Patrick O. Naylor & Associates, P.C., you will receive support and personalized help. We will assist you in tasks such as:
- Understanding the Texas probate process as it applies to your estate
- Identify the assets in the estate
- Properly distribute assets
- Deal with any objections or disputes
- File complex legal paperwork correctly
- Ensure the estate is handled in a way your loved one would have wanted
When Someone Dies Without A Will
If a Texas resident dies without a will, that person’s estate is subject to the Texas intestacy probate process. The decedant’s assets are distributed to survivors based on familial relationship once debts are paid.
If the decedant is survived by a spouse and biological children, the surviving spouse will receive 100% of the couple’s community property and one-third of the decedant’s separate personal property. The surviving spouse also will have the right to use any real property owned by the couple for life. The decedant’s biological children will inherit the balance of the decedant’s personal property.
Additional directions about how assets will be treated are spelled out in Texas laws of intestacy if the decedant is survived by parents, siblings, non-biological children, grandchildren and other relatives. We can guide you through this process and ensure that your rights are protected.
We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the probate process.
Reach Out To Us
We want to help you get through the probate process in a way that honors your loved ones, but also gives you the space and time you need to grieve. Working with our firm means that you will have the help you need to understand and efficiently deal with the probate process.
Contact our firm for your initial consultation by using our online form or calling us at 972-579-1600.