Before a person can close a loved one's Texas estate, the probate process needs to begin. The executor of a will needs to take the appropriate steps to get the legal proceedings underway so that the estate's final affairs can be settled. However, beginning the process takes many steps itself.
First, the will needs to be located and given to the executor, if one was named. The executor then needs to list the beneficiaries named in the will and their contact information. The executor will need to inform the beneficiaries of the person's death and inform them that they are in line to receive property from the estate. If a beneficiary has passed away, the executor needs to obtain the person's death certificate.
The executor also needs to understand the decedent's assets and liabilities. This information will be important when it comes time to distribute assets and pay creditors. Legal documents are also needed to open probate, and the executor will need to look over and sign these documents before filing them with the court. The probate process will get underway when the court admits the will for probate proceedings.
Because the executor of a will has several tasks to attend to before the probate process even gets underway, it is wise to seek help from the outset. Enlisting the assistance of Texas probate attorneys can help executors through each step of the process. Because many legal aspects are involved with closing estates, having professional legal assistance could help lessen the likelihood of mistakes.