Houston Probate Attorney Whitney L. Houston Explain the Difference between Probate with a Will or Without

July 12, 2022 at 15:40

Harris, Texas -

Houston probate attorney Whitney L. Thompson releases a new article (https://www.wthompsonlaw.com/probate-with-a-will-or-without/) explaining the difference between the probate process with a will and without it. The lawyer mentions that people commonly know that probate occurs in probate court after a person passes away. A lot of people do not realize that the probate process can be long and complicated.

“The probate process can be necessary whether or not a person dies with a Last Will and Testament (will). If someone dies and their will names a person to serve as the executor of their estate, then a probate court will appoint that person. If the will does not name an executor, or there is no will, then a probate court will appoint an executor,” says the Houston probate attorney.

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The lawyer explains that after an executor files a petition with the probate court, any heirs or beneficiaries who are connected to the will are notified. They will then have an opportunity to contest the will. The executor will have control over the estate, which is comprised of all that the deceased person has left behind.

Attorney Whitney L. Thompson says that probate cases can take longer to settle because the court system is quite backed up. This can be a problem for families who are trying to resolve a loved one’s estate quickly. Families who could benefit from receiving their loved one’s assets sooner or later can find this situation very challenging.

In the article, the lawyer adds that each state has different probate laws, and some offer a simplified probate process for smaller estates. It is important to check first if an individual is able to take advantage of the more straightforward process before starting the probate process.

According to attorney Thompson, “In some instances, people don’t realize they need to file a probate case, which can cause problems down the road. For example, let’s say a married person dies and their surviving spouse does not complete the probate process for them. Years later, when the surviving spouse passes away, their children or heirs may need to open two probate cases instead of one. This can create headaches, especially for handling the estate of the first spouse since so much time has passed.”

Lastly, the lawyer emphasizes the importance of having a skilled probate attorney when dealing with matters involving the probate process. Having an experienced estate attorney may be able to help an individual understand their rights and help them prepare for the future of their loved ones.

About The Law Office of Whitney Thompson, PLLC

Attorney Whitney Thompson is an experienced family law attorney who helps clients deal with family law matters such as divorce or legal separation. Attorney Thompson also deals with guardianship, probate, and estate planning matters. As an experienced divorce lawyer, attorney Thompson and her legal team have helped families have a smoother divorce process and plan for their future more thoroughly. To schedule a consultation, call (281) 214-0173.

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