When a local Cypress client approaches us to probate the estate of a loved one we take it very seriously as lawyers. The attorneys and staff at the Oxner Legha Law Firm have probated a number of local cases to obtain letters testamentary and letters of administration. We represented executors and administrators, having them appointed in Harris County, Montgomery County, Wharton County, Fort Bend County, and Waller County.
New clients want to know the probate process leading up and through settling the estate. We know that it is a difficult time so we try and keep the process simple and straightforward. We also know and understand that clients are concerned about the costs and expenses, so we do our best to keep them low and affordable.
How long does the probate process take?
In some circumstances, we can take emergency steps if an estate needs immediate action. Otherwise, the probate process can take anywhere from 1 to 3 months to get an executor or administrator appointed. This largely depends on the local courts and their availability.
Since we have handled so many estates, the firm is very efficient in the drafting and filing of the necessary documents.
What is needed to start the probate process?
We ask that our clients fill out a short questionnaire to assist us in the drafting of the documents. We do not need a death certificate, social security card, or any other private documentation.
What is the probate process?
1. Receipt of questionnaire from clients
2. Drafting of court documents
3. Review by Clients
4. Filing Application with Court
5. Case assigned to local court where the decedent lived.
6. Notices are posted of the probate
7. Request hearing date from court
8. Appear at hearing with clients (and witnesses if needed)
9. Obtain Letters of Testamentary / Letters of Administration
10. Client now authorized to officially act on behalf of the estate (decedent)
11. Administration of the estate
a. Clients open estate bank account to deposit estate funds
b. Send physical letters to creditors in the mail
c. Gain access to bank accounts, storage facilities, and obtain information about estate from entities and companies
12. Transfer money into estate account
13. Pay off creditors (if any)
14. Finalize estate administration
15. Distribute money to beneficiaries/heirs
16. Close estate administration with court
If you need help navigating the probate process, schedule a consultation to start working with the premiere and affordable estate lawyers in Texas. We’ll work hard to ensure you avoid any unnecessary court costs and are able to access the estate quickly.