Through the emotions that can often affect many Texas residents after the death of a loved one, individuals may have to handle a great deal of responsibility. In particular, the executor will need to follow the necessary steps to close the estate. The appointment of this person will take place at the beginning of the probate process.
In many cases, when a will exists, the document will name who the deceased designated to act as executor. Still, the person must be approved by the court. In the event that a will does not exist, the court will appoint a personal representative. Of course, the person appointed can decline to take on the role if he or she does not feel suited to complete the necessary tasks.
Once the executor is appointed and accepts the role, the court will then give him or her the power to carry out duties to close the estate. This power is granted through letters of authority or testamentary. This documentation will help the executor or personal representative provide evidence of authority when making transactions on behalf of the estate.
In order for probate to fully get underway, the executor or representative needs to have the ability to access all aspects of the decedent's financial affairs and act in the appropriate manners. Of course, it can be difficult to complete all the necessary steps to settle someone's final affairs. Texas residents who have been appointed executor may want to enlist the help of experienced attorneys to better understand their power, steps to take and what to expect throughout the legal proceedings.