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Guidance Through the Probate Administration Process

In Texas, there are two main types of probate procedures that occur when an individual passes away. At Shepherd & Associates, we can help you understand the probate process and guide you through the independent or dependent administration of estates. When a person passes away, the name of an executor is typically incorporated into a will. This person is then appointed to handle the affairs of the decedent and make sure that the administration of their estate goes smoothly. If the name of an executor is not specified, the court in Texas must then appoint a representative to handle the responsibilities of the executor. If you have been appointed as the executor or representative, a Houston estate planning lawyer can be of service.

Independent & Dependent Administration of Estates in Houston, TX

As the appointed executor/representative, you are put in charge of successfully administering the estate and making sure it is properly distributed to the beneficiaries. Depending on whether independent or dependent administration is involved, the amount of court involvement can alter.

  • Independent Administration of Estates: This is a simpler, less-expensive, and faster way of administering an estate during probate. It involves less court involvement in which a will typically assigns an independent executor to perform this type of administration. If it is not specified or if a will was not created, the appointed representative can request to serve as an independent executor: all beneficiaries must agree to this change. This process requires less of the executor in which they do not have to ask the court for approval for every single task they perform.
  • Dependent Administration of Estates: Unlike the independent administration of estates, this procedure involves more supervision from the courts. Some people may request this process in which the executor/representative must ask permission of the courts to perform many of the tasks involved in selling the decedent's house, distributing property, and so forth. Although it may be more expensive and time-consuming, this helps the beneficiaries make sure that the representative is not taking advantage of their power over the estate.

Have you been appointed as an executor or representative of an estate in Harris County?

Being appointed as an executor or representative of an estate can be stressful and overwhelming. With Shepherd & Associates you can feel safe in knowing our main priority is to make the administration process in Texas as simple as possible for you. Attorney Shepherd can equip you with the necessary knowledge and resources needed to handle the probate administration process in a prompt and effective manner. Dealing with the loss of a loved one is already hard enough, let alone being held responsible of administering their estate. Call a Harris County probate lawyer to learn about your options and responsibilities involved with being appointed as an executor or representative in Texas!

Shepherd & Associates - Houston Estate Planning Lawyer
Located at 14090 Southwest Freeway, Suite 300
Sugar Land, TX 77478
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