If you recently lost someone you love, you may feel overwhelmed and confused about going through the probate process. Probate can be legally dense and can be challenging to take on alone, especially as you are grieving a loved one. Probate lawyers can help will executors and administrators settle the deceased’s estate while protecting the beneficiaries’ rights and inheritance.
At Stepp & Sullivan, our probate attorneys have years of experience helping Texans, navigate the complex probate process. We understand the ins and outs of Texas probate laws and can help you settle your loved one’s estate as you heal from your loss. Our goal is to make probate as stress-free as possible so you can focus on yourself and your family’s needs.
How Can a Texas Probate Lawyer Help You?
During the probate process, the courts legally recognize the decedent’s passing, settle any lingering debts, and distribute their assets to their beneficiaries. A probate attorney will help the estate’s executor or administrator carry out this task in compliance with the law. We take a personalized approach to every estate since each has different needs based on whether or not the decedent had a will. Depending on your unique circumstances, our attorneys can assist the executor in the following ways:
- Filing all documents correctly and on time
- Identifying, securing, and valuing the defendant’s assets
- Determining the estate’s outstanding debts and arranging payment
- Advising on how to handle non-probate assets such as life insurance policies and bank accounts
- Handling the estate’s assets and finances
- Communicating with the probate court
- Resolving any estate and income tax issues
- Distributing the assets to beneficiaries
Additionally, our probate attorneys can help settle any family disagreements regarding your loved one’s estate and settle any lawsuits that may arise. When you have a skilled probate attorney on your side, we can advise you on the best course of action and help you traverse any legal situations that may arise.
Do I Need to Hire a Lawyer to Start the Probate Process in Texas?
While hiring a probate lawyer is not always a legal requirement, having one on your side will certainly help the process proceed smoothly. Probate can be legally dense, and a dedicated attorney can help you avoid mistakes and delays. Any mistake in the paperwork may delay the process significantly. Additionally, several major Texas counties require the estate executor to have legal representation since they act on behalf of the estate’s beneficiaries.
Having a probate attorney in your corner can help you comply with the law and help you have peace of mind that your loved one’s estate is handled properly and with care. At Stepp & Sullivan, we help families in Texas settle their family member’s estates and protect beneficiaries’ assets.
Discuss Your Case with a Trusted Probate Attorney at Stepp & Sullivan
The knowledgeable and compassionate attorneys at Stepp & Sullivan understand that losing a loved one is never easy. If you have lost a loved one in Texas, our attorneys can help you honor their memory by distributing their assets with care. We take a personalized approach to every case to address your unique needs. We can help you take the stress of probate off your shoulders as you mourn your loved one. To learn more about how we can help you through the probate process, schedule a free consultation by calling (713) 336-7200 or completing our contact form today.