What is probate? At its core, probate is the legal process that typically takes place after someone dies. The actual legal steps themselves vary depending on a variety of circumstances. In some cases, the probate process involves proving that a Last Will and Testament is valid (or invalid). In other cases, the probate process involves identifying a decedent’s lawful heirs. The goal of probate, and the reason for the process, is to ensure the orderly and legal transfer of property from a decedent to the persons entitled to receive the property; or, wrapping up the decedent’s final affairs. The circumstances surrounding a decedent at the time that they die will define how the probate process looks and feels. A probate estate is the property that needs to be managed, administered, and eventually transferred to the estate beneficiaries.
Probate Dispute Attorneys – We Can Help
Burdette & Rice is one of the largest probate law firms in Texas, with offices in Dallas and Plano, Texas. At Burdette & Rice, our attorneys handle probate disputes every day. Probate disputes in Texas can arise when the executor (the person who is managing the probate property) is not managing the estate lawfully, whether that means not investing probate property wisely or in stealing probate estate funds. Probate estate disputes can also arise from an executor who is not treating the estate beneficiaries equally and fairly. Sometimes the executor is also a beneficiary, and the executor beneficiary keeps property for himself or fails to tell the other estate beneficiaries all information about the probate estate.
Our Texas probate dispute attorneys counsel with and guide executors, trustees, beneficiaries, heirs, surviving spouses and children through the probate process that is applicable to their unique circumstances. Our probate attorneys identify the process that is the best fit for the situation, identify the rights, interests and goals of the client and pass along our decades of experience to pursue the client’s objectives as efficiently as possible. If a family member or loved one has recently died, you may have specific legal rights, options and obligations under Texas law.
Contact one of our Dallas probate dispute attorneys today to learn more about how we might be able to help you through your probate estate dispute. We help residents of Texas as well as those who live outside Texas but are facing a probate dispute under Texas law. Our primary office is in Dallas, Texas, but we also have a satellite office in Plano serving cities in the North Texas area such as Frisco.