Compassionate And Prompt Legal Assistance After The Death Of A Loved One
The death of a family member can be one of the most difficult times in your life. It can also be confusing. After your loved one’s funeral or memorial services, there are still many matters to take care of before closure is complete. You may be at a loss about what to do, especially if your family member died without a will or trust.
Grief can make it difficult to take the steps to locate a will or trust, inventory the estate’s assets and enter into probate proceedings when necessary. Not all estate assets will go through probate. For example, if the title of your loved one’s home is joint ownership with the right of survivorship, the surviving owner still owns the home. Life insurance policies and retirement accounts usually have a named beneficiary and are not subject to probate distribution.
The Texas Estates Code is complicated, and it is best to seek experienced legal assistance for managing your loved one’s final affairs as promptly as possible. Texas’s probate courts each have their own set of strict procedures for their probate proceedings.
Sensitive Advocacy For Probate Proceedings
At the Law Office of Lakesha D. Holmes, PLLC, attorney Holmes can help you with the process of probate, whether your loved one had a will or a trust or no estate planning documents at all. If your loved one, “the decedent,” had a will or trust, their assets will be distributed based on their instructions. Without a will or trust, the decedent’s assets are subject to Texas intestate laws, and assets go to “heirs at law.”
Many estates go through independent administration, a process where the court-appointed administrator initiates the proceedings, then completes the process without court supervision. Other estates will go through dependent administration, where the probate judge will have to approve each step of the way.
Get Legal Help For Probate And Estate Administration
Attorney Lakesha D. Holmes understands this may be the first time in your life that you are speaking with a lawyer. She also knows how important it is for you and your family to accomplish closure after the death of your loved one. To learn how an experienced probate and estate administration lawyer can alleviate the confusion and frustration of handling your loved one’s final affairs, you may send her an email or call her office in Baytown at 832-408-6037 to schedule an appointment.