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Explore Texas Probate Options with Shutt Law Firm

Probate of a Will in Texas is almost always less hassle and less expense than our clients expect. Yes, Texas law does generally require a probate attorney in order to probate a will. However, even if this is your first time hiring a lawyer, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the process to probate a will. Shutt Law Firm offers expert guidance on probate alternatives in Texas, ensuring a smoother, more efficient legal process.

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Exploring Probate Alternatives in Texas

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Option 1: Independent Administration ("Normal Probate" or "Traditional Probate")

Nine times out of ten, when a person dies with a will in Texas, traditional probate is the best option. With traditional probate, you’re accomplishing two things at the same time.

First, you’re “probating” the will. This means that a probate judge will sign an order essentially validating the Last Will & Testament as legally valid under Texas Law.

Second, you’re having an executor appointed by the judge. Even if the will nominates an executor, the executor is not legally appointed until the probate judge signs an order appointing the executor.

Since the probate is required in order to have an executor appointed by the judge, most probate clients need traditional probate. You’ll know if you need traditional probate if someone at the bank tells you, “You need to go get letters testamentary.” “Letters Testamentary” is actually a document issued by the probate court clerks after the executor has been officially appointed by the judge. In essence, the bank needs Letters Testamentary to have true assurance that they’re dealing with the court-appointed executor of the estate.

Option 2: Muniment of Title

This unique Texas probate alternative is used when there are no unpaid debts, except those secured by real estate, and no need for estate administration. Shutt Law Firm can assist in transferring assets directly to beneficiaries, bypassing traditional probate complexities. In summary, probating as a muniment of title is having the will validated without having an executor appointed.

Option 3: Avoid Probate Altogether

If a person dies in Texas with a Last Will and Testament and the deceased person had no assets in his/her name, then there may be no reason to probate at all.

This comes about when a person dies with only bank accounts having beneficiary designations. In instance, you’ll hear people say, “There’s no reason to probate because there are no assets that need to go through probate.” If all of the assets can be distributed without probating a will, then you may be able to avoid probate.

Some Texans avoid probate by having a trust. A trust can avoid probate if the deceased person had transferred all his assets into his trust before death. In this way, he didn’t technically have any assets in his name at the time of death. As estate planners, our attorneys often recommend trusts for probate avoidance to our estate planning clients.

Sometimes, even when a Texan dies with a trust, probate is still necessary. This is because there is some asset outside the trust at the time of death. In this case, the deceased person likely has a “pourover will.” This will “pours over” any assets not in the trust’s name at the time of death, into the trust.

Unmatched Expertise in Texas Probate Law

Why Choose Shutt Law Firm?

At Shutt Law Firm, our probate attorneys are renowned throughout the Dallas area for their profound expertise, extensive experience, and an impressive track record of success in probate cases. Our team focuses on estate planning and probate law, ensuring that the legal process is handled efficiently and with the utmost sensitivity. We pride ourselves on our strategic approach to each case, tailored to meet the unique needs of our clients while upholding the highest standards of legal excellence.

What Our Clients Say

I was overwhelmed by the probate process after my father passed away, but Shutt Law Firm guided me through every step with patience and expertise. Their commitment to my family during such a difficult time was truly commendable.
Emily R., Richardson, TX
The team at Shutt Law Firm was incredibly knowledgeable about Texas probate law. They handled my mother’s estate efficiently and with great respect, making sure all legal aspects were covered thoroughly.
Johnathan P., Dallas, TX
Thanks to Shutt Law Firm, the probate process was far less daunting than I anticipated. Their professionalism and dedication ensured that everything was settled smoothly and quickly.
Sarah L., Plano, TX

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Understanding your probate options in Texas is crucial. Let Shutt Law Firm’s experienced probate attorneys guide you through the complexities of the process. Contact us now to discuss your specific probate needs and discover the tailored solutions we can offer.