Probate is the court process that takes place after someone dies. During probate, the decedent’s Will is proven valid, then his or her property gets identified, inventoried, appraised, and distributed after any payments to debts and/or taxes. Probate typically involves paperwork and court appearances by attorneys. Legal and court fees may be paid from the estate property, which would otherwise go to the decedent’s heirs.

In Texas, a Will generally must be probated. There are different types of formal probate and some simpler procedures, too. An attorney can help decide the best route for your situation. Probate can be fairly quick and easy, or it can be lengthy and complicated. It all depends on the estate and the circumstances involved.

The Texas Probate code lays out the steps that must be followed:

The steps may differ slightly depending on which court is involved. If family members want to fight over the Will, the court will hear the disputes and resolve whatever issues exist.


The Attorneys at Tessmer Law Firm, PLLC have the education and experience it takes to navigate the probate process. Working with our Attorneys can help you make certain that everything is handled in a proper way and that your loved one’s final wishes are carried out appropriately.

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