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Texas Probate: Frequently Asked Questions

The process of passing an estate through probate court in Texas can seem confusing to those who have never experienced it before. At Doehring & Doehring, we have nearly 50 combined years of experience with the probate process and have encountered virtually every complication imaginable.

Here are some general answers to some of the most common questions our clients ask about probate:

  • How long does probate take? This depends on several factors, including whether the will directs the probate court to use independent administration, which generally is much faster than dependent administration, which is a longer and more involved process. The personal representative responsible for settling the estate can also turn to a lawyer for help keeping costs and delays to a minimum.
  • Does all of my property need to pass through probate? Not if you plan properly during the estate planning process. Instruments like living trusts, joint tenancy of your family home and life insurance can allow you to provide financial security to your relatives while minimizing the need for the probate judge’s involvement.
  • How do I know if the will is valid? Though a will challenge is unusual, there are legitimate reasons for the probate judge to throw out a will, such as the will being a forgery or the deceased lacking testamentary capacity to create or change the will.

Talk To One Of Our Houston Probate Attorneys

We can help you significantly reduce the time and expense associated with probate by helping you meet important deadlines and avoid errors. To learn more about what to expect during probate, contact our Houston office at 866-456-2361 or fill out our online form to schedule a free legal consultation.