New Video: “What Happens During a Texas Probate Court Hearing – A Step-by-Step Guide”



Are you curious about what happens during a probate court hearing in Texas? I’m Isaac Shutt, an experienced estate planning and probate attorney licensed in both Texas and Wyoming. Today, I’m excited to share this video with you because it’s a valuable resource for anyone looking to know exactly and literally what happens during a Texas probate court hearing. I should know, I’ve done thousands of them!


Key Takeaways:
Probate Defined: Probate is the legal process of proving the validity of a will or determining heirs when there’s no will. It’s all about providing evidence and ensuring everything is done in accordance with Texas Law.

What to Expect in a Probate Court Hearing: If there’s a valid last will and testament, a probate court hearing is relatively straightforward. You’ll be in the presence of a judge, your probate attorney, and the nominated executor (you). The process usually involves answering simple, prepared questions from your attorney to establish the will’s validity.

Speed and Simplicity: Contrary to popular belief, probate court hearings are often quick and non-intimidating, typically lasting only a few minutes. Your attorney will guide you through the process, making sure everything aligns with legal requirements.

The Texas Probate Court Hearing, Step-by step:

Case Call: The judge starts by calling the case, referring to the deceased’s estate.

Swearing In: You’ll be asked to raise your right hand and swear to tell the truth.

Questioning: Your probate attorney will ask you a series of straightforward yes or no questions, confirming details about the deceased and the will.

Legal Requirements: Your attorney ensures all legal requirements are met to validate the will.

Judge’s Ruling: If the will is deemed valid, the judge will officially admit it to probate and appoint the executor.

Resources Mentioned:
Estate Planning Attorney: A legal professional specializing in estate planning, probate, and related matters.

Estate Planning Tools: Resources like LegalZoom Will&Trust and Rocket Lawyer, though helpful, may not always result in straightforward probate proceedings.

Expert Advice:
As an expert in this field, my personal advice is to consult with an experienced attorney for Texas estate planning and probate matters. Even a seemingly simple process can become complicated without proper guidance.

1. Do I need an attorney for probate if there’s a will?

Yes, it’s legally required in most cases. Plus, having an attorney can streamline the the Texas probate process and ensure everything is done correctly.

2. How long does a typical probate court hearing take (when there’s a good valid will)?

It can range from a few minutes to around 15 minutes, depending on the complexity.

3. Can probate court hearings be conducted remotely via Zoom?

Some courts allow remote hearings, which can be more convenient for clients.

4. What happens if the will is not valid?

In such cases, the probate process may become more complex, involving additional legal steps.

5. Are online estate planning tools reliable?

While they can be helpful, it’s advisable to consult an attorney for personalized guidance to avoid potential complications.

 Check out this informative video below!


Step-by-Step Probate Court Hearing in Texas:  What (EXACTLY) happens during a will probate hearing?

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