After a loved one passes away, it will be necessary for that individual’s property to be passed along to heirs or beneficiaries. The transfer of this property can, in some situations, be quite complex, depending upon whether or not the individual had a will or other estate planning documents in place. This entire process is often referred to as probate, although the term “probate” really only applies to situations where the deceased did in fact have a will.
In probate, the court is taking steps to determine who is entitled to receive certain property, and what property belongs to the estate and is therefore able to be distributed to beneficiaries. Once these matters have been resolved, the administrator of the estate will be able to pass along property to those named in the estate planning documents.
Helping You Deal With Difficult Probate Questions
As you can imagine, there are many opportunities for issues to arise during each step of the process. These can include:
- Beneficiaries upset over being excluded from the will or receiving less than what they feel they should receive
- Beneficiaries who contend that the will is not valid due to the lack of mental capacity of the decedent or the undue influence of another beneficiary on the decedent at the time the will was drafted
- Administrators who face challenges locating assets or beneficiaries named in the will
At Harrell, Stoebner & Russell, P.C., with offices in Temple and Killeen, our attorneys have many years of experience in all aspects of the probate and estate administration process. Regardless of whether you are a prospective executor or a prospective heir, we can advise and assist you. We have helped many families across Central Texas deal with the difficult questions that come after the loss of a loved one.
Our lawyers understand the difficulties that can accompany the death of a loved one. We keep this in mind while working your case, helping you obtain results as efficiently and effectively as possible.
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