Overview of Texas Estate Administration

Probate can often be a daunting task for someone who has lost a love one. Many times, loved ones are completely unaware that under Texas law, having a last will and testament is not the only thing required. When they find out they have to go through probate, all the horror stories they have heard immediately come to mind. However, probate does not have to be a frightening experience. A knowledgeable probate attorney can walk you through the steps needed to make the probate experience smooth.  


What is Probate? 

Probate is a process supervised by the court where the last will and testament of the deceased, often referred to as the decedent, is authenticated. A party who probates the last will and testament of the decedent is generally referred to as the executor. Alternatively, if a last will and testament was not left behind, then probate consists of ascertaining the heirs first. This party is generally referred to as the administrator. Once an executor or administrator is appointed, whether independent or dependent, the probate process includes locating the decedent’s assets , determining the value of those assets, paying the final bills and taxes, and after all of this is completed, distributing the remainder of the estate to the rightful beneficiaries or heirs. 

What are my first steps?


You first need to talk with a Texas probate attorney in your area about how your county handles administration of an estate. Contact ML|MW at (281) 582-1296 and schedule your free and confidential consultation to discuss the specific facts of your probate case and see what probate solution is the best option for probating your loved one’s estate. We have attorney's available in Georgetown, Houston, Lubbock, and Sugar Land, Texas to help you with your probate needs.