Estate / Probate Administration 2017-10-30T23:45:09+00:00

Probate Administration

If your loved one has already died, and probate is unavoidable, RD Davis Law will work with you to minimize both the delay and expense of probate administration.

At the RD Davis Law we understand that the probate process can be difficult. For families who are struggling with probate after losing a loved one, we can provide assistance to ease the entire procedure.

Whenever a family must settle an estate of a loved one and there are no disputes between the family members, it is considered an uncontested estate. The process of settling the estate is often referred to as estate administration, probate or probate administration. The following are some of the available probate procedures:

  • Muniment of Title
  • Proceedings to Declare Heirship
  • Independent Administration
  • Dependent Administration
  • Temporary Dependent Administration
  • Small Estate Affidavit

If the deceased had a will, then an executor will manage the estate as it is being administered. When a will was not left, the person who will manage the estate is referred to as an administrator. There are some differences in the legal process necessary to settle the estate depending on whether there is a will.

If you would like to talk about how our team can help you with estate administration, please set up a private, confidential consultation with our office.

Common Concerns about Uncontested Estates in Texas

We find that our clients come to us with a number of different concerns about settling their loved one’s estate. These are a few of the most common concerns we see:

  • Ensuring that the deceased’s wished are honored.

    Family members often tell us that, above all else, they want to ensure that their loved one’s last wishes are carried out in a respectful, dignified manner. Sometimes these wishes are recorded in a formal will, while other times they were communicated to family members during life or shortly before the death.

  • Ensure the estate is settled properly.

    The process of administering an estate in Texas has many steps, and the different things that must be done at each stage are not clear. Often, families just want to make sure that the estate is administered according to Texas law, that everything is done right, and that no one winds up in trouble with the probate court.

  • Keeping harmony among the family.

    During the process of administering an estate, family situations can sometimes become heated and family relationships can be strained. The estate executor or administrator may have to make decisions that are unpopular, or that may cause hurt feelings. Because emotions are running high, and the loss is often fresh, an experienced guide can play a pivotal role in helping to keep the process moving forward while stopping any potential disputes before they erupt. By making sure that everyone feels the process is fair, and by giving everyone a voice in the process, important family relationships can remain intact, and the family can emerge stronger than it was before.

  • Maximizing the value of the estate.

    Once the process of settling the estate has started, there will often be discussions of how to maximize the sale of property that must be sold, and how to reduce the amount of creditor claims to make sure that the family receives as much as possible from the estate.

  • Understanding the process.

    How long will the whole process take? What is involved? How much time will I have to devote to it? How much will it cost? Will I have to go to court? The people our law firm speaks with often have these and other common concerns about the process of settling an estate.

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