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If a will was left behind, probate will likely be necessary

On Behalf of | Mar 15, 2018 | Probate & Estate Administration |

Dealing with any type of legal proceeding can be difficult. Most people do not understand the intricate ins and outs involved with various situations that require legal attention, and this lack of knowledge may leave some Texas residents feeling concerned when they need to move forward with such a process. For instance, some individuals may need to probate their loved ones’ estate after their passing.

Though most people have a general idea about probate, they may not know what it entails. If a deceased individual left behind a will, the probate process involves validating that will to ensure that it was properly created and shows the decedent’s true wishes. If there is concern that the will may not be valid, problems could arise.

The will also typically specifies who will be in charge of carrying out the probate process. An executor named in this document will need to petition the court for formal appointment in order for the proceedings to move forward. If there was no will or other estate planning documents left behind, surviving loved ones will need to take steps to begin estate administration, which differs from the will validation process itself.

It can be difficult to know what type of legal proceedings may be necessary when it comes to closing a loved one’s estate. Fortunately, there are legal professionals who have knowledge and experience when it comes to addressing this common situation. Texas residents who feel that they need more information or assistance with handling their family members’ estates may wish to consider enlisting the help of probate attorneys.

Source:, “Probate or Administration of Estates…What’s the difference?“, Clarence Cuthpert, Jr., March 8, 2018