Skilled Attorneys Simplifying The Complex Probate Process
In most states, including Texas, probate is a necessary but cumbersome process that must typically take place before an estate can be settled. If the person who died (the decedent) had a will in place, probate is used to prove the validity of that will so that the decedent’s wishes can be honored. Probate is typically overseen by the estate executor. However, it is a complex and labor-intensive process, which is why it is a good idea to work in consultation with an experienced lawyer.
In Austin and surrounding areas of Texas, you can find the help you need by contacting Brink Bennett Pargaman Atkins & Sanchez PLLC. Our attorneys will make the process seem simple as we help you identify problems and provide solutions. We will work with you to ensure that probate is completed as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Working Side By Side With Executors
If you were named executor of the estate, you may be confused about your responsibilities. This is understandable, as there are many duties. They include:
- Locating and cataloging all estate assets
- Locating and notifying named heirs and beneficiaries
- Settling any final debts with estate creditors
- Filing all relevant documents with the probate court and making appearances in court, when necessary
- Preparing and submitting a final tax return for the estate
- Distributing assets to heirs in accordance with the will
Probate and estate administration can last six months to a year or more. Any mistakes or omissions as executors could add time and expense to the process – or worse, it could leave you personally liable. For these reasons and more, it is a good idea to work with an attorney
Our lawyers at Brink Bennett Pargaman Atkins & Sanchez PLLC will guide you through the process step by step. We will provide you with details that will enable you to fulfill your duties as the executor and/or trustee in a decent time frame. Our probate lawyers will also work with your accountant to prepare fiduciary income tax returns for the estate. Whenever possible, we will make court appearances on your behalf to minimize disruptions to your daily life.