Colleyville Probate Lawyer
Experienced Legal Guidance for Estate Administration
When a relative passes away, his or her estate will be required to go through
the Texas probate process. This is a court process that oversees the distribution
of the person’s estate to beneficiaries and others. Where a valid
will exists, it can move faster and easier through the courts. Where the
person has died without a will (“intestate”) it will be more
complicated. In either case, an executor of the state will be named or
appointed by the court to administer the estate through probate. Probating
an estate can be a challenging and confusing process which may call for
various legal actions.
If you have been named as an executor of an estate, our firm can provide
the legal assistance needed to help you navigate the probate process.
At the Law Offices of Kate Smith, PLLC, I have been assisting individuals
in estate administration since 2005 in the local courts serving Grapevine,
and Tarrant counties. I am here to educate you on the process, review
your unique situation involving your role and the unique estate under
your care, and to help you successfully resolve it as efficiently as possible.
Need help as an executor or personal representative with probate? Reach
out to Kate Smith a Colleyville probate attorney at
Probate Administration in Texas
As the executor or personal representative named for estate administration
through probate, you will have various duties. You will act in a fiduciary
capacity for the benefit of the estate heirs and beneficiaries; this is
a role of responsibility and trust. Your priority is to act in the best
interests of the beneficiaries in accordance with the wishes outlined
in the decedent’s will.
These duties include:
- Filing an application to have the will validated by the court
- Identifying and locating the beneficiaries named in the will
- Locating and notifying all creditors of the estate and paying valid debts
- Identifying and locating all of the property, assets, and personal belongings
of the decedent
- Appraising or valuing all of the estate property and assets
- Handling all tax obligations
- Distributing all of the estate assets and property according to the instructions
provided in the will and/or state law
In cases where heirs or beneficiaries are in conflict or there is a will
contest, you will be faced with litigation. In cases where no will exists,
the process can also become more involved and lengthier. My firm can provide
competent assistance with all of these variables and the tasks they require.
This can include making all court appearances, filing all necessary applications
with the court, preparing and sending notifications to creditors, cataloging
and having appraisals made on property and assets, and handling complex
With the help of an experienced attorney, the probate process can proceed
more efficiently and you will have peace of mind knowing that it has been
accomplished according to the requirements of state law.
Call the Law Offices of Kate Smith, PLLC at
(817) 381-7733 to discuss your legal situation and needs today.