What is probate?
Probate is a process whereby somebody’s estate after they die is administered, and I mean administered–every month you have bills to pay, every month you have property to take care of–an administration of an estate has to do that short term. It has to pay all your bills, and then it needs to give the property to the people that either get it by Will or by the Texas Estates Code. And that whole process takes a certain period of time depending on the complications of the estate.
Does your estate need to be probated?
In almost all cases, yes, and especially if there is real property, which is dirt or things affixed to it, or if there are debts and personal property that need to be taken care of and given to the heirs.
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