Many people think that because they do not have much property a will is not necessary. No matter how few assets are involved, if you have real estate, you should have a will. We can evaluate whether a simple will or a trust instrument is needed in your particular situation. Often all that is required is an hour of your time. We can also prepare a Directive to Physician, Medical Power of Attorney and a Statutory Power of Attorney.
If someone dies without a will in Texas, (intestate) it is necessary to file a Petition to Determine Heirship and an Application for an Independent Administration. An attorney must be appointed to make sure there are no missing heirs. A paragraph must be published in the newspaper to give notice to the creditors of the deceased. A simple will avoids these costly procedures upon your death. Contact an experienced Wills, Trust and Probate Attorney in Houston, TX to help you with all this. We have been practicing as Texas Wills, Trust and Probate Lawyers for many years now.
Proper navigation of an estate through probate is essential to the performance of any estate plan and equally essential to the protection of an estate for which no plan was developed. Even if the planning for the estate was done by another law firm or attorney we can help you. Or if you need assistance to probate a will that was done by another firm, or there was no planning for it at all, we will go to work to help you efficiently and effectively protect and distribute the assets. Call the Harris County Wills, Trust and Probate Lawyers at our office to discuss your case. Our Harris County Trust Lawyers and Harris County Wills Lawyers can be reached at (281) 216-8778.
With a valid will, the Texas procedure is to file an Original Petition for letters Testamentary. One hearing is required where the executor and attorney “prove-up” the will. Then an inventory is filed which lists all the property owned by the deceased at the time of his/her death. Then the executor manages the estate. There is usually no additional need for attorneys to be involved. This form is the first step in preparing to probate the estate.
I provide a package that includes a will, a statutory power of attorney, a medical power of attorney, a directive to physician and an H.P.P.A., if desired at a very competitive price and in a quick turn-around. Contact my office if you want to speak with a Probate Attorney in Houston, TX.
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