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    "Ryan & Keith genuinely care about their clients."

    Ryan McCreay genuinely cares about his clients. He patiently outlined the timeline in obtaining this overage, along with ...

    - Gerard P.
    "Ryan and team were very professional and empathetic regarding probating my sister's estate."

    They were caring and kind all the way through the process. I highly recommend them to anyone entitled to claim leftover funds from foreclosure or who need to probate an estate for a loved one. Here is a picture of myself and my lovely sister, Karen!

    - Shirley H.
    "After my Mom passed away and her house was foreclosed on, Ryan of Conscious Dealz helped me get the excess funds from the foreclosure."

    He told me the amount I would receive at the beginning of the process. He also told me that I would never have to step inside of a court room, which I didn't want to due to the complex challenges of probate court. Ryan and his team worked very hard for me.

    - AJ J.
    "Keith and his team were fantastic."

    Keith and his team were fantastic. We had heard horror stories of the probate process but our experience was fast and ...

    - Thomas M.
    "Thank you, Keith, I truly appreciate you."

    He researched my problem, consulted another expert just for a second opinion, and responded to me with the answers I needed. He is a SUPER PERSON.

    - Kathie
    "He was responsive and found the right resources for us."

    He helped my family navigate a unique probate and trust process right at the end of the year.

    - Previous Client
    "He is aggressive in court room while remaining respectful and compassionate to other lawyers and his clients."

    Keith is one of the finest and technically proficient lawyers I have ever met.

    - Jennifer
    "Whenever I had a question or concern, all I had to do was call or email Keith."

    Keith is very professional and was able to settle my family dispute.

    - Susan

McLennan County Probate Lawyer

When signing up for legal services, it’s critical that your lawyer has extensive involvement in the type of demand you require. For those dealing with probate in the greater Waco area, you should look no further than our McLennan County probate attorney. With over two decades of experience, Keith Morris & Stacy Kelly, Attorneys at Law will give you the [KS1] guidance you need to navigate the hurdles of probate in Texas.

Keith Morris & Stacy Kelly, Attorneys at Law works closely with each one of our clients to make sure they’re impacted positively. Dealing with a probate process can be strenuous, especially if you’re trying to navigate it alone. That’s why our McLennan Country probate attorney is here to listen, advise, and provide compassion for you and your family.

To learn more about Keith Morris & Stacy Kelly, Attorneys at Law and the type of probate services our lawyer offers, contact us to schedule your no-cost consultation!

Responsibilities of an Executor

When someone passes away, their will usually appoints an executor of the estate. As an executor, you will have several different responsibilities. Here are a few types of functions that estate executors might be tasked with:

  • Asset inventory – This is when the executor identifies all of the possible assets that the deceased person held. Asset inventory is critical to making sure that every possible item is distributed to all beneficiaries.
  • Pay off any debts – Unfortunately for a lot of people, a death certificate isn’t a good enough excuse to leave an outstanding debt. Once someone passes away, it’s the estate executor’s responsibility to evaluate all of the possible debt’s the deceased party had and make sure they’re paid off in due time.
  • Pay any necessary taxes – Taxes can be a tricky hurdle to get past when it comes to the death of a family member. Depending on the deceased party’s employment circumstances, the executor could have a relatively easy time paying the taxes of someone who has recently passed away. However, if there are a lot of assets and financial accounts to go through, taxes could add up fast.
  • Distribute assets – The last and final step of the estate executor is to distribute the assets stated and approved in the will. This can happen anywhere from 3 to 8 months after the date of death. It is important to note that the probate process carries a lot of weight as to when the distribution of assets is carried out.

How Long Do You Have to Probate a Will?

In Texas, state law requires an estate executor to initiate probate within four years of the decedent’s death. If the process is not initiated within a four-year window, the state will distribute assets as if there was no will present was passed away. However, it should be noted that a late file can be submitted and could be granted under special circumstances of the beneficiaries.

Why Is a Probate Lawyer Needed?

Without an attorney, the probate process can last much longer and leave any beneficiaries or estate executors with a headache. Probates include a lot of documents that take careful examination. Keith Morris & Stacy Kelly, Attorneys at Law would be happy to take care of you and your family during this challenging time. Our attorney will come ready to assemble, advocate, and support any wills, trusts, or other estate documents.

For more information regarding the Texas probate process or how our McLennan County probate lawyer can assist you, be sure to reach out to Keith Morris & Stacy Kelly, Attorneys at Law today: (713) 636-5339.

Success that Speaks for Itself

Case Results
  • Dispute Resolved Estate Administration & Division of Assets

    Resolved highly contentious ongoing dispute over father’s estate and division of assets between son and daughter.

  • Dispute Resolved Estate Administration Case

    Successfully resolved case between two siblings fighting over cash and personal property of their father.

  • Hearing Won Evidentiary Hearing

    Won lengthy evidentiary hearing to prove client was not in contempt of court to avoid sanction or jail time.

  • Case Won Guardianship Case

    Won trial to exclude wife to serve as guardian of gentleman she married that was at least twice her age.

  • Six-Figure Settlement Reached Multi-Million Dollar Estate Case

    Obtained six-figure settlement after jury was seated for adopted child in multi-million dollar estate case after adoption was disputed.

Why Choose Attorneys Keith Morris & Stacy Kelly?

  • Extensive Experience

    With over 40+ years of combined legal experience, Keith Morris & Stacy Kelly devoted their efforts to sharpening their skills in probate, trust, and estate planning and litigation.

  • Aggressive Litigators

    Keith Morris & Stacy Kelly are proud to be the litigators that takes on the most complicated and difficult cases to court and getting their clients optimal results.

  • Free Consultations
    Your first free case evaluation with us can be done through video conference, phone call, or an in-person meeting.
  • Personalized Attention

    If you call our firm, we will personally pick up the phone and handle your case with the attention it deserves.

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