How Long Does it Take to Probate a Will in Texas?
The time it takes to probate a will depends on several factors, such as whether the estate can be administered in a simplified process or if a traditional, full-blown probate process is needed. A simple estate administration can be completed in less than six months, while a standard will administration can take much longer.
In the standard administration process, if there are no contentious heirs or creditors, the process can be started and finished within six months. If an heir decides to contest the will, however, there may be several court hearings and other delays to overcome before any distribution of the estate can take place. In cases where the will is contested, probate litigation can go on for several years.
The majority of responsibility for pushing an estate through the probate process in a timely manner lies with the executor. As personal representative for the estate, the executor must gather and inventory assets, determine asset value, collect creditor's claims and make distributions specified in the will and in accordance with Texas law.
If the executor is not an attorney, he or she should seek the advice of an experienced estate planning lawyer to help them become familiar with the process. If you have been named executor in a will, contact an experienced Bryan-College Station, Texas estate planning attorney.
At Peterson Law Group we are committed to finding solutions for our clients, including advising clients of creative ways to legally avoid some of the probate process. Call us today at 979-703-7014 to schedule a consultation, or fill out our online contact form.