FAQ For Probate

If you are an executor in an estate facing probate or if you are developing your estate plan, you most likely have a number of questions regarding probate and the process involved.

At the Houston law firm of Hayes & Wilson, PLLC, our probate attorneys represent clients in a range of estate planning and probate matters. We offer consultations to answer your initial questions and to help you understand probate.

What Is Probate?

Probate is the legal term for the process of administering the estate of someone who has died. When someone dies with a will, probate involves administering the will, paying off creditors and passing on wealth according to the will and other estate planning instruments. When someone dies without a will, probate will involve following the statutory guidelines for wealth transfer.

What Does The Probate Process Look Like?

The probate process involves:

  • Taking inventory of the estate
  • Paying off creditors from the estate
  • Filing final income tax returns
  • Determining the beneficiaries
  • Distributing the assets to beneficiaries according to the estate or statutory guidelines
  • Preparing estate tax returns

Why Do I Need A Probate Lawyer?

Probate laws and the probate process can be extremely complicated. If you are the estate administrator, you are held to a fiduciary standard that will render you liable for any mistakes or oversights you make.

Our lawyers bring experience and knowledge of probate. We can represent you in every facet of the process, helping you stay in compliance with all of the rules and fulfill your fiduciary responsibilities well.

Contact Hayes & Wilson, PLLC

To schedule a initial consultation with an experienced Houston probate lawyer from Hayes & Wilson, PLLC, call 713-880-3939 or contact us online.