Minor and Jester, P.C. Attorneys and Counselors

502 W Oak St, Suite 200, Denton TX 76201 | Email Us
Phone (940) 387-7585 | Fax (940) 808-0054
 

Minor & Jester, P.C. handles Guardianship matters as well as Probate and Estate Planning.

Probate and Estate Administration

The loss of a loved one is a difficult time.  In your time of mourning, the idea of handling the probate of the deceased’s will or probate of their estate can be daunting.  Depending on the circumstances, applying for an administration or probating a will can be a complicated process, but we are here to help.  The Denton probate attorneys at Minor & Jester, P.C. have extensive experience with probating wills and administering estates.  We are here to guide you through this process, and make it as smooth and easy as possible.

The following are general outlines of the steps that must be taken in a typical case.

PROBATING A WILL:

  • An application to probate a will is filed with the court along with the original will if possible.
  • Once all filing and notice requirements are met, the court will appoint an Executor to administer the estate.
  • The Executor provides information for an Inventory and Appraisement of the estate to be filed and approved by the court.
  • Any creditors of the deceased at the time of death can make claims and seek repayment.
  • All debts of the estate are paid.
  • Any assets of the estate remaining after payment of debts and expenses of probating the will are distributed to the beneficiaries, as set forth in the will or as ordered by the court.

ADMINISTRATION OF ESTATE WITHOUT A WILL:

  • If a decedent dies without a will, the court will make a determination as to the identity of the heirs and appoint an Administrator to administer the estate.
  • Any creditors of the deceased at the time of death can make claims and seek repayment.A
  • Any assets of the estate remaining after payment of debts and expenses of the administration are distributed to the heirs, as set forth in the Texas Probate Code or as ordered by the court.

If you have lost a loved one and need help handling their estate, please call us to set up a consultation.  Our caring and compassionate attorneys will help you through this process.