Probate is the process by which a court transfers property to new owners after a person passes away. There are two Probate Courts in Tarrant County. These courts hear guardianship cases in addition to settling the estates of deceased individuals.
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The probate process will determine if there is a valid Will, in which case that document will direct the distribution. If there is a valid Will, then the named executor can apply to the court to have the Will admitted to probate, and for Letters Testamentary, which give the executor the authority to settle a loved one's affairs.
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In the absence of a will, the State of Texas has legislated a default distribution system. If there is not a valid Will, then an interested individual can apply to the Probate Court to be appointed as an administrator of the estate. Letters of Administration are issued by the court, and this document gives you the authority to settle a loved one's affairs.
For small estates, Texas has a less expensive and fairly straightforward probate process. There are alternatives to formal probate as well. Ownership of some property can be transferred by affidavit, and when certain conditions are met, a Will can be admitted to probate as a muniment of title only, and then recorded with additional documents in the real property records. We always try to find the most economical resolution to our clients' situations.