Probate Lawyers in Houston
How to Find an Experienced Houston Probate Lawyer
The term "probate" is derived from the Latin term meaning "to prove the will". Probate refers to the process where a court oversees the administration of a deceased person’s estate. The purpose of probating a will is to ensure that any final bills and expenses are paid, including any taxes owed, and any remaining assets are distributed to the beneficiaries named in a will, or if there is no will, in accordance with Texas laws governing intestate succession.
Probate is a process by which property of a decedent is retiled. As with any legal proceeding, contacting a probate law firm is recommended, due to the technical aspects of probate and trust administration. Creditors need to be notified and legal notices published. Trustees need to be guided in how and when to distribute assets and how to take creditors rights into account. A Petition to appoint a personal representative may need to be filed and Letters of Administration obtained. Homestead property must be dealt with separately from other assets.
There are time factors involved in filing and objecting to claims against the estate. There may be a lawsuit pending over the decedent’s death or there may have been pending suits that are now continuing. Real estate may need to be sold to effectuate correct distribution of assets pursuant to the estate plan or merely to pay debts. Estate taxes must be considered if the estate exceeds certain thresholds. Other assets may simply need to be transferred from the decedent to his or her heirs. At every step, expert knowledge and advice from a probate attorney will help the process go smoother with as little extra stress as possible.
Legal representation from a probate law firm in Houston
Houston probate attorney Jeannine C. Flynn practices guardianship and probate law throughout the greater Houston area in Fort Bend, Harris, and Montgomery Counties. A frequent lecturer, author, and editor on wills and trusts, probate issues, elder law, and guardianship matters, Ms. Flynn is often called upon to share her knowledge and experience with members of the bar and the general public. A former member of the Advisory Commission for the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Probate and Estate Planning, Ms. Flynn is herself Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law.
Ms. Flynn stays on the cutting edge of her practice areas, serving on legislative and State Bar committees, remaining active in drafting legislation, and working to improve the laws and the profession. Ms. Flynn is passionate about the work she does and frequently volunteers in the profession and in the community. She is a truly involved probate lawyer.
Contact Jeannine C. Flynn, Attorney at Law, for a consultation today or call at 713.521.3303.