TEXAS PROBATE GUIDE

ALL YOUR OPTIONS IN ONE PLACE 

We Can Help You With Your Texas Probate Case!

Losing a loved one is not easy! Trying to figure out what our options are can be confusing, time exhausting and extremely frustating. We at the GP Schoemakers, PLLC, understand this and hope that this Texas Probate Guide will help you determine the right Probate Path for you.

Our knowledgable and experienced Texas Estate Planning and Probate attorney Grace P. Schoemakers has helped many people just like you navigate the legal waters surrounding Estate Planning and Probate. Grace sits personally down with each and every person who is looking to hire us for their probate case, she takes the time to explain Texas Probate Law in plain easy to understand terms and how it applies to your case. Once hired, Grace will handle your case from start to finish, and help you where needed in your role of Administator or Executor, so that you don’t have to do this alone!

We offer Easy Payment Plans for Attorney Fees*  

*All attorney and court fees must be paid prior to filing your petition with the court.

Contact us today to help you with your Heirship Affidavit, Small Estate Affidavit, Heirship Determination, Muniment of Title, Independent Administration, or even Contested Probate case! We not only offer in-person services for Houston / Galveston and surrounding areas, we also provide online estate and summary probate services to other areas in Texas. Give us a call and see how we can help. We offer affordable Flat Attorney Fee options, hourly fees or hybrid fee solutions where appropriate.

 

Get In Touch >

PROBATE OPTIONS WITHOUT A WILL

Affidavit of Heirship

No Valid Will Exists
Real Estate Transfer to Heirs
Not available for Bank Accounts
No Administration Available
Attorney Assistance Optional

Fixed Flat Fee

Small Estate Affidavit

No Valid Will Exists
Assets Value Less than $ 75,000 *
Assets > Debts *
No Real Estate Transfer **
Attorney Assistance Optional

Fixed Flat Fee

Determination of Heirship

No Valid Will Exists
Court Determines Legal Heirs
Administration Might be Required
Ad Litem Required
Attorney Assistance Required

Fee Depends on Facts of the Case

* Exclude the value of homestead (if the decedent is survived by a spouse and/or minor children) and other exempt property.
** The Small Estate Affidavit can be used to transfer ownership of the the decedent’s homestead to decedent’s surviving spouse and minor children

*Use this form for Affidavits of Heirship and Small Estate Affidavits

PROBATE OPTIONS WITH A WILL

Muniment of Title

Valid Will Exists
Property Ownership Transfer
Mandatory Court Hearing
Minimal Post-Hearing Requirements
No Estate Administration
Executor NOT Appointed
Attorney Assistance Required

May be filed 4 Years After DoD

Fixed Flat Fee

Probate of the Will

Valid Will Exists
Independent or Dependent Administration
Mandatory Court Hearing
Executor Appointed
Mandatory Estate Administration
Additional Post-Hearing Requirements
Attorney Assistance Required

Must be filed within 4 Years of DoD

Fee Depends on Facts of the Case

Call us for a FREE phone consultation at (832) 408-0505 , or send us an email requesting a call-back

(We make calls from 8:00 AM until 7:00 PM)

NOTE: Under Texas law, people applying for letters testamentary, letters of administration, determinations of heirship, and guardianships of the person or estate must be represented by a licensed attorney. Only licensed attorneys may represent someone else’s interests. Self-represented applicants may proceed in court only if they are really representing themselves alone.

 

Get In Touch >