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What is Probate in Texas?

Probate Attorney

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We serve clients in:
• Tarrant County
• Dallas County
• Collin County
• Denton County
• Hood County
• Wise County
• Johnson County
• Parker County
• and all across the state of Texas

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2000 E. Lamar Blvd.
Arlington, TX 76006

600 Airport Freeway
      Bedford, TX 76022

5430 LBJ Freeway
Dallas, TX 75240

1308 Teasley Lane
        Denton, TX 76205

* Flower Mound:
1013 Long Prairie Rd., Ste. 103
Flower Mound, TX 75022

        Fort Worth:
        5601 Bridge Street
        Fort Worth, TX 76112

        1701 West Northwest Hwy.
         Grapevine, TX 76051

5605 North MacArthur Blvd.
Irving, TX 75038

9500 Ray White Rd.
Keller, TX 76244

        401 E. Corporate Drive
        Lewisville, TX 75057

101 E. Park Blvd.
Plano, TX 75074

                          *Primary Office Location

Arlington - Fort Worth - Denton Probate Attorney

When someone dies in Texas it is often necessary to handle the affairs of the deceased person's estate in the Probate Court.  There are specific rules as to when surviving loved ones are required to file a case in the Probate Court, usually when the deceased owned something of value that has a record of ownership and must be passed to someone else. Probate can be necessary with or without a Will, but often becomes more involved and at times more expensive without a valid Texas Will.

Texas Probate Court

In most cases the person seeking order from the Probate Court is the named executor in a Will.  When someone dies their executor will file the Will with the Probate Court and request the Court to appoint he/she to represent the estate and have the power to settle the deceased person's final affairs.  This means that the Executor will have the power to settle debts, transfer property by sale or gift, pay taxes, pursue claims the estate may have against someone, disperse property assigned to others in the Will and handle other business and banking matters.

Texas Probate Process

When someone dies without a Will, the Probate process is often more complicated and time consuming.  The same tasks must be completed, but the Court will be more involved in the process and in many cases will have to pre-approve every move of the appointed representative.

Although you may have heard Probate is expensive and difficult, in most cases Texas law provides for a relatively streamlined approach to settling the deceased affairs.  Having a valid Texas Will further simplifies the process a great deal.

At the Law Office of Russell S. Rice, PLLC we are committed to assisting families in this trying time after losing a loved one.  We will make every effort to put your mind at ease and walk you through the steps of the Probate process.   

At the Law Office of Russell S. Rice, our clients come first.

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