The Silberman Law Firm, PLLC provides intestate estate administrations (probates of estates without wills) in various counties across Texas. Probate of these types of estates are more involved than estates where the decedent has left a will.
When a person dies without a will (intestate) in Texas, the law dictates how that person's assets are to be distributed. The Texas Estates Code will specify the heirs that will inherit the person's property who died without a will. Many kinds of assets will require a probate to be done in court so that assets can be properly distributed to the heirs.
The Probate Process When there is No Will
In most cases, an estate can only be opened within 4 years of the date of the decedent's death. A relative of the decedent who stands to inherit usually hires an attorney to perform the probate. The attorney files an Application for Letters of Administration with the court, and the court appoints an attorney ad litem to investigate who are the decedent's heirs. A hearing is then set where the court determines who are the appropriate heirs. The court will then issue Letters of Administration that evidence the administrator's authority to act on behalf of the estate.
Intestate probate proceedings are often necessary to properly transfer assets to heirs. It is important to use a competent probate lawyer to navigate the probate process. Feel free to use the form below to request a free consultation or call our office during regular business hours.