What Does a Bell County Probate Attorney Do?
If you have recently lost a loved one, you likely have many questions about what steps to take. A Bell County probate attorney can help guide you through the Texas probate process. What exactly is probate? Probate is a process by which you will legally administer the property, otherwise called the estate, of a deceased person. Probate is also the process by which the executor of the Last Will and Testament will be named to oversee the distribution of property. If the person died intestate, which means without a Will, a probate court will oversee the distribution of property because there was no direction from the deceased.Probate Courts also oversee the appointment of a guardian. There are instances that arise in which a person is unable to make decisions for themselves. When that happens, someone must be appointed to be able to legally make these decisions for the incapable person. Be it personal decisions, medical decisions, or financial decisions, a probate court will oversee those steps as well. A Bell County probate attorney can help navigate these legal issues.
Services Of A Probate Attorney
There are many issues that an experienced Bell County probate attorney must be ready to deal with. He or she must know how to handle issues regarding estate taxes, both federal and state. They must be ready to handle the transfer of real estate, any guardian issues if a minor is left without parents, and deal with creditors in the event of an insolvent estate.Additionally, a probate lawyer can:
- File required paperwork with the probate court.
- Inventory and assess value of any assets.
- Represent beneficiaries during court appearances. And,
- Provide proof of death as required by the court.
If problems arise, A Bell County probate attorney is paramount in the event of a contested Will. A Will can be contested by anyone that has any sort of financial interest in the estate. That would include a child, a spouse, or a sibling. Creditors can also contest a Will. Your probate attorney needs to be able to handle these situations, should they arise.While the Bell County probate attorneys at Morris Ostrom Law, always try for a peaceful resolution of an estate, this isn’t always be the case. Our probate lawyers have a proven track record of successfully defending our clients’ rights. Call today for assistance.
Our firm provides services to clients throughout Bell County including the cities of Killeen, Temple, Bartlett, Belton, Copperas Cove, Fort Hood, Harker Heights, Holland, Little River-Academy, Morgan’s Point Resort, Nolanville, Rogers, Salado, and Troy.