19 Top Estate Planning and Probate Law Firms in Houston, TX

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Estate planning and Probate can be difficult and stressful, so we found some information which might help you.

How do I probate a will?

The first step to probating a will is the filing of an application for probate with the Probate Division of the Harris County Clerk’s Office.

Can I probate a will without an attorney?

Most people who offer wills to probate hire an attorney to represent them. However, some people do not hire an attorney. In Probate Court No. 2, this type of application will not be heard unless the applicant is the sole beneficiary of the will and the will is being offered purely as a document of title. A person who files a petition for independent executorship or administration without an attorney is, in the view of the court, practicing law without a license. Harris County

What is the time limit for probating a will?

A will application must be filed within four (4) years of the date of death of the decedent. Usually, letters testamentary or letters of administration cannot be authorized more than four (4) years after the date of death of the decedent.

If the will is admitted to probate as a muniment of title, must I file an inventory?

It is not necessary to file an inventory when a will is admitted only as a document of ownership.

I am preparing my will. Does my spouse also need a separate a will?

Yes. You both need a will. It is recommend that spouses draft their Will at the same time.

What is in my estate?

A person's estate is simply everything they own anywhere in the world, including: The house where you live or any other real estate you own, your business, joint accounts, retirement accounts, life insurance and other property.

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