Austin Probate Attorneys
Did You Just Lose Someone You Love?
Grieving the loss of a loved one is hard enough – having to endure the probate process doesn’t make the grieving process and less difficult. Most people are unfamiliar with probate and how it works, but an experienced lawyer can help you make sense of what’s going on, how it affects your interests, and what your legal options are at any given time.
This can be especially crucial if you are named as the executor of someone’s estate and need legal guidance to help you move through the probate and estate administration process.
Probate and estate administration typically involves the following:
- Identifying and validating the last will and testament
- Identifying an estate’s assets and property
- Notifying creditors that an estate is open
- Paying off valid debts the deceased owed during life
- Filing a final tax return and paying the deceased’s final tax bill
- Dividing the estate according to the deceased’s wishes or intestacy laws
- Closing out the estate
As an executor, any of these important and necessary actions leaves the potential for something to go wrong – especially if you are inexperienced or not confident in your ability to manage the financial and legal affairs of a loved one’s estate. Our probate attorneys in Austin at The Schwab Law Firm can make things easier by guiding you through each step of the process and providing the legal oversight you need to feel more confident that your liability is secure.
We Can Handle Heirship Proceedings
When someone dies without a will, an important part of the probate process for an intestacy case is determining who their lawful heirs are. Although identifying errors is easy in most cases (spouse, children, parents, etc.), the court won’t take the identities of these people for granted. It’s for this reason that an heirship proceeding is needed to investigate the deceased’s family history and identify who their living heirs are.
The probate attorneys in Austin at The Schwab Law Firm can help you deal with heirship proceedings to affirm your relationship to the deceased and right to claim an inheritance as an heir under the state’s intestacy laws.
If you need legal assistance with any part of the probate process, The Schwab Law Firm can be there to help. Take advantage of a free initial consultation we reserve for prospective clients who want to learn more about how we can help them. During this meeting, you’ll speak with an attorney about your situation and we’ll provide more information about how our services can match your needs.
Contact us online to schedule your free consultation today!