Probate Attorney

Last Will and Testament document on deskThe Haw Law Firm offers services of a probate attorney in Katy, Texas.  Below is some general information to help you understand the probate process.

What is probate?

Probate is the process by which the court admits the will and then assigns an executor to carry out the wishes of the testator.  The Haw Law Firm can offer services of a probate attorney to make this process smoother and easier.

How long does probate take?

If everything goes smoothly and the administration is an “independent administration” (little court oversight) as requested by the will, the probate process can be rather painless.  There are mandatory waiting periods, scheduling issues and other things that make the process take at least a month or two.  If somebody contests the will or there are substantial debts or property to handle, the probate process can naturally be delayed.

I am out of state.  Can I still be named Executor?

Yes, but the Texas Estates Code requires that you nominate a personal representative in state.

Can I do a probate process myself?

Most courts require that you hire an attorney to represent you.

How much does a probate process cost?

It depends on how many creditors are in the estate, whether it is solvent, how many beneficiaries must be notified, as well as some other factors.  The Haw Law Firm will quote a flat fee for your estate plan upon reviewing the specifics of the estate.  It is generally in the neighborhood of  $2,000 to  $2,500, but it could be more if the estate is complicated or less if the estate is very straightforward.

  • Intestacy
  • Muniment of Title
  • Small Estate Affidavit