The need to hire a Probate Attorney often comes at a difficult time. If you are the named Executor, you have probably lost a loved one, a family member or a close friend. As your Probate Attorney I will meet with you, one on one to review the Will, discuss what comprises the Estate, and describe the options available to you in the Probate Court.
Generally, the Executor files the Application for Probate of Will with the aid of the Probate Attorney, along with the Original Will. There is a posting period of ten days, after which a hearing before the Probate Court can be scheduled. At the hearing, the Applicant/Executor testifies as to the validity of the Will. If the Will is admitted to probate and the Applicant/Executor qualifies as Executor, then the Court grants Letters Testamentary. The Executor then determines the assets of the Estate and through the Probate Attorney files an Inventory, Appraisement and List of Claims Against the Estate within 90 days of being qualified as Executor. The Executor complies with the terms of the Will regarding disbursement of the assets of the Estate. After the Court approves the Inventory, that usually ends the court involvement. As your Probate Attorney, I will also send the required notices to all named beneficiaries under the terms of the Will.
As a Probate Attorney, I have handled probate matters in Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Galveston, Johnson and Dallas counties. My fees are charged on an hourly basis and I routinely do not charge my clients for phone calls or e-mails.
In addition to the Will, my Will package includes a Directive to Physician, also referred to as a Living Will, and if needed, a Medical Power of Attorney. For your convenience, I am also a Notary Public for notarizing Wills and Probate Documents.