Losing a loved one is heartbreaking. And knowing what to do next can be difficult. If your loved one left a valid Will behind, the first step is to take the Will to an attorney for review. If the Will is valid under the constructs of Texas law, it can be probated. The beneficiary or executor of the Will has four years from the date of death to initiate his or her probate proceedings.
The probate process begins with the filing of the petition and actual Will with the Court.
Afterwards, the Clerk will post notice and set a hearing to admit the Will to Probate. But this is where the process really starts. Once the Will is admitted and Letters Testamentary are issued, there is still a laundry list of items that must be done to comply with the law including publishing a notice to creditors, drafting a filing an inventory of the estate which must be approved by the Court, sending notice or having each beneficiary sign a waiver that must be filed with the Court and then actually transferring the property to the appropriate people.
Having to handle all of this on top of dealing with the loss of your loved one is not necessary. When you hire an attorney to help you with a Probate proceeding, it is our responsibility to make sure that all of the statutory requirements are complied with and that your process can be as simple as possible.
If you have lost a loved one who had a Will, please call us. We would be more than happy to help.