How does the Probate Process work?

Probate Process 
An estate in Texas involves all of the assets owned by someone at the time of their death, this would include: cash, real estate, stocks, bonds, life insurance, retirement accounts, cars, etc.

The probate of someone’s estate refers to the process by which a Court recognizes that person’s death and authorizes the administration of that person’s estate. The probate process applies both when:

Someone dies leaving a Will or
When someone dies without a will (commonly referred to as Intestacy)
The Texas Probate Process requires that:

  • All of that person’s property will be gathered
  • Their debts paid
  • The remaining assets distributed according to either the provision of his or her Will, or
  • If they died without a Will, then the property will be distributed according to Texas law regarding intestacy (dying without a Will).