Keith and his team were fantastic. We had heard horror stories of the probate process but our experience was fast and ...- Thomas M.
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 helped my family navigate a unique probate and trust process right at the end of the year.- Previous Client
Keith is one of the finest and technically proficient lawyers I have ever met.- Jennifer
Keith is very professional and was able to settle my family dispute.- Susan
Keith would be the one attorney I hope I never set on the opposite side of the table against.- Bruce
Mr. Morris represented me in a complicated and nasty probate matter. I am a paralegal and must say that Mr. Morris is in the top .5 of the 1% of excellent lawyers.- Jennifer L.
Keith was easy to reach and had a lot of knowledge about estate planning. He helped me and my family with our wills and helped set up trusts for my kids.- Oda
In Texas, the probate process is initiated when a loved one passes away. This process is defined as the transfer of estate and property ownership from the deceased to the beneficiaries. Keith Morris & Stacy Kelly, Attorneys at Law has over a decade of experience helping families with various types of probate cases. You can learn more about the successful probate cases of Keith Morris & Stacy Kelly, Attorneys at Law here.
Keith Morris & Stacy Kelly, Attorneys at Law offers a free over-the-phone consultation. To schedule an appointment, feel free to message the firm via the online contact form or via phone at (713) 636-5339.
An Overview of the Probate Process
The first step in any Wise County probate process will be to fill out an application and submit it to the county court’s office. From there your application will be verified and the court will officially recognize the death of the relative or loved one for whom you’re filing. From this point forward, any number of categories could be identified. Here is a list of the possible items that could be executed during court probate:
- Recognizing debts owed by the estate
- Appraisals for all assets
- Paying any outstanding taxes on the estate
- Verifying the will
- Distributing property and assets stated in the will
How Long Does Probate Take?
The general rule of thumb is one month. While it can take longer for certain cases, most probates are usually wrapped up in a duration of four to six weeks. This process can also be extensive without a lawyer present to help guide you through each step. Once you submit your application to the county court, it takes roughly two weeks to hear back. From there, the tasks listed above are usually carried out promptly. It should also be noted that the probate process can be prolonged if there is no will present or there is a dispute over the will between two or more beneficiaries. If there is a dispute, probate litigation will take place.
What Is Probate Litigation?
Probate litigation is what takes place when a beneficiary decides to contest a will. This could be for several different reasons, but some of the more prominent ones include: the deceased party was pressured, sought favoritism, or lacked mental awareness at the time of signing the will.
Probate litigation can be a tough journey to navigate, so it’s important to have a lawyer guide you through the process. Keith Morris & Stacy Kelly, Attorneys at Law is dedicated to helping families navigate the hardship of probate during the challenging time of losing a loved one. Their lawyer understands what it means to evaluate documents while still trying to cope with the loss of someone special. It’s not easy, but with professional legal assistance the process can be much faster. To learn more about probate litigation and how a lawyer can assist, reach out today!
What Is Texas Intestacy?
In Texas, if someone doesn’t have a will when they pass away, family members are still allowed to initiate a transfer of property and assets through a process known as intestacy. Within the process of intestacy, heirs can take one of two routes: independent administration or dependent administration.
- Independent administration is a simple process if all beneficiaries agree on the terms of distributing assets.
- Dependent administration usually takes much longer and only takes place when multiple parties disagree over property and assets.
Whether you’re trying to plan your estate, contest a will, or initiate the process of intestacy, Keith Morris & Stacy Kelly, Attorneys at Law is here to assist you. The attorney has proudly served the greater Houston and Fort Worth areas for over 20 years.
Working through the loss of a loved one is difficult. Let Keith Morris & Stacy Kelly, Attorneys at Law help during this trying time. To find out more information about probate attorney services in Wise County, contact the firm today.
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.
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.
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.
Your first free case evaluation with us can be done through video conference, phone call, or an in-person meeting.
If you call our firm, we will personally pick up the phone and handle your case with the attention it deserves.
Contact the firm today to discuss your case during a free consultation and explore your options.