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Losing a family member is a painful journey, and we first want to offer our condolences for the loss you are experiencing. When you are grieving, having to endure a strenuous legal process in order to get access to your loved one’s assets only adds insult to injury. If you are the executor of the estate or a beneficiary, you could benefit from working with our experienced Jersey Village probate lawyer.

Michelle E. Murphy has been helping clients for over twenty years with all aspects of estate planning, including probate. Reach out to schedule a free consultation and learn how Michelle E. Murphy can help you ease the otherwise tumultuous experience of loss and grief.

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What Is Probate?

Probate is the process by which the will is validated by the court and the assets therein distributed. When the maker of the will (the testator) dies, their will and their assets must go through probate. If they do not have a will, their estate must still go through probate, but the court will be responsible for deciding how it is distributed.

If there is an executor of the estate named in the will, they are in charge of overseeing the probate process. The process is not linear and, depending on the particular details, there will be some variation in the steps that need to be taken. In general, though, the probate process is laid out like this: 

  1. The will is submitted to the probate court to be validated
  2. Creditors and beneficiaries are notified
  3. Debt and assets of the estate are inventoried
  4. Debts are paid off and assets are distributed
  5. Taxes are filed and paid
  6. The estate is closed

It’s worth mentioning that if the estate plan of the testator includes trusts, assets can pass to beneficiaries while avoiding probate. There are also other assets that are probate-exempt, so keep these facts in mind while you are inventorying the estate of your loved one.

How Can A Jersey Village Probate Lawyer Help Me?

There are many drawbacks to probate, which is why it’s best that it be avoided altogether (comprehensive estate planning can prevent probate). However, if all is already said and done and your loved one passed away without a plan, and probate is a necessity, these reasons serve to illustrate why you need to work with our Jersey Village probate lawyer in order to make your life easier. 

  • Probate is complicated: Many of the legal implications of probate are going to be foreign to a person who does not work in estate law. Our probate lawyer can handle these details in order to save you time and stress.
  • Probate takes a long time: The last thing you need compounding your grief is a long legal process. You should be taking this time to cherish the memory of your loved one, commiserating with family, and getting the mental and emotional support that you need. In Texas, probate can take over six months! Our probate lawyer can do the hard work for you while you focus on yourself and your grief.
  • Probate can be a liability: If you are unfamiliar with the probate process, it’s possible you might make mistakes, and mistakes during probate can be costly. If you misstep, you can open yourself up to litigation, which could cost you time as well as money. Our experienced probate attorney is familiar with the potential pitfalls of probate and will ensure that you are protected during the process.
  • Probate can cause strife: Particularly within the family, there can be conflict when it comes to how the estate is distributed. Working with our estate planning lawyer ensures impartiality and fairness, and prevents disputes from escalating.

Michelle E. Murphy Can Help You Through Probate

If the estate of your loved one has to go through probate, Michelle E. Murphy is ideally positioned to help. With over two decades of practice and a dedication to her clients, Michelle E. Murphy can make an essential difference in your probate experience. She can lighten your workload and shorten the length of the process. Reach out to schedule a free initial consultation and learn how she can make an impact for you.

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Ms. Murphy made sure to use all of her resources and did everything legally possible to help me. She fought harder than other lawyers out there and found ways to make everything work in my favor. I really appreciate how she helped me and made me feel at ease under the worst circumstances. I recommend her highly.

Roxanne

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