Skilled Guidance Through Texas Estate Administration And Probate Matters
When it comes to preparing or resolving an estate plan, far too many people make the mistake of trying to take care of it on their own or putting it off for too long. Instead of risking making a critical error in either the administration or probate process, why not rely on the experience of a professional and compassionate lawyer?
I am Texas attorney John Hicks, and I am proud to be able to help the San Antonio community address its estate administration and probate needs. Whether you are looking to prepare for tomorrow or resolve a complex probate process, with me as your guide at The Hicks Law Firm, you can put your mind at ease knowing that you are doing what is necessary to protect your best interests.
Understanding The Probate Process
Probate is the process in which a court determines the authenticity of a will and accepts it as the last testament of the decedent. From there, the court will appoint the executor named in the will, giving them the legal authority to act on behalf of the deceased through the estate administration process.
This process can also start when there is no will. In such a case, the court will recognize the decedent as having died intestate. From there, the probate process will administer the estate according to state laws.
When Do Estates Go Through Probate?
The executor of an estate has up to four years from the decedent’s passing to file to begin the probate process. This process is necessary when an estate has assets that belong to a decedent. If a loved one has passed on in your life, I can help you review the situation, determine what the next step in your case is and guide you through the remaining process.