Dealing with the death of a loved one is a painful emotional experience. Trying to handle the legal issues that arise can add stress to an already difficult process. Texas probate attorney Les Romo understands this, and works hard to handle probate issues for his clients so that they can focus on themselves and their family.
The legal process of probate begins as soon as a person dies. Probate is the administration of a deceased person’s estate. It is the legal process by which the property of a deceased person (the decedent) is distributed according to the terms of their will, or when no will exists, according to Texas inheritance rules.
Going through the process of probate without qualified legal assistance puts you and your family at risk. An experienced probate attorney that is familiar with local rules and laws can ensure that the process goes smoothly, and that your interests and rights are protected. If you need probate representation or assistance, contact Texas probate attorney Les Romo today if you would like to discuss your case.
Texas Probate Law
In Texas, typically a decedent’s estate is administered by an independent executor. This means that the person trusted as the executor can act independently to settle estate debts, pay allowances to needy family members, and distribute the assets of the estate according to the terms of the will. An independent executor does not need to post a bond or otherwise insure the estate. Most wills name the independent executor.
If a person dies without a will, or if their will fails to name an executor, a court will appoint an executor. Usually court-appointed executors are also independent. However, occasionally a court will order a dependent administration that requires greater court supervision. A dependent executor is required to post a surety bond. Executors are entitled to a small fee for their work.
Certain types of property are not probated. Community property, payable-on-death accounts, life insurance policies, and survivorship benefits are considered non-probate assets.
Contact Georgetown Texas Probate Attorney Les Romo to Schedule a Consultation Today
Attorney Les Romo has been representing Texas clients in probate proceedings for more than two decades. He also assists clients in the drafting of wills and with setting up trusts. His office is located in Georgetown, Texas. If you would like to discuss your case, contact attorney Les Romo today to schedule a consultation.