I need to get Letters Testamentary – What is that?

Letters Testamentary is a court document issued by the Texas probate court.  In the Dallas area, you will obtain letters testamentary from the Dallas County Probate Court, Collin County Probate Court, Denton County Probate Court or Tarrant County Probate Court.

Many times, after a family member has died, the bank or other institution will ask for letters testamentary before they can transfer funds to the beneficiaries.  If the person passed away with a will, letters testamentary will be granted to the executor named in the will.  If the person died without a will, the probate court will grant “letters of administration,” which is basically the equivalent to letters testamentary.

How to get Letters Testamentary.  To obtain letters testamentary, you’ll need a probate lawyer.  Probate is the legal process for obtaining letters testamentary.  To get letters testamentary from the court, your attorney will complete all the necessary legal paperwork and attend a probate court hearing.

There may be alternatives to Letters Testamentary.  If the assets are minimal, you may be able to avoid probate.  The probate attorney will tell you the best and cheapest way to transfer the assets into your name–you may be able to use an affordable alternative to probate or avoid probate altogether.

Getting letters testamentary in Texas is fairly simple.  Compared to many other states, Texas has an easy and relatively cheap method for obtaining letters testamentary.  Although you will need an attorney to handle the probate court, the legal work is often quick and affordable.

Visit www.ShuttLawFirm.com for more information on Texas letters testamentary, avoiding probate, letters of administration, what to do if mom, dad, or other family died without a will, or contact Richardson, Texas lawyer Isaac Shutt at ishutt@shuttlawfirm.com.

Shutt Law Firm’s office is conveniently located just north of Dallas, TX, near the intersection of highway 75 and Campbell Road in Richardson, TX.


You can also call Mr. Shutt at (214) 302-8197 for more information on the topic discussed in this article or to discuss a different legal matter. For existing clients, quick phone-calls and brief e-mails are always free at Shutt Law Firm PLLC. Please consider the Shutt Law Firm if you need letters testamentary or probate lawyer in Dallas, Richardson, Plano, Allen, McKinney, Garland, Addison, TX or surrounding North Texas area.


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