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You can choose independent administration (the executor acts fairly independently, without a lot of court supervision) or dependent administration (the executor requests more court supervision).
Why would someone choose dependent administration? All of the beneficiaries have to agree to independent administration. If you have one or more heirs who are challenging or suspicious, they may want to see more court supervision. Indeed, they may want a lot of things. And that could become a problem.
That’s one good reason to work with a lawyer to probate a Texas estate. Your job is to pay the bills and distribute the assets; our job is to protect you in the process. Many a family has found its inheritance whittled away by legal claims in probate court. A careful accounting and strict procedures can make it less likely a beneficiary will complain.
We can advise you through each step of the process:
The estate of your loved one may not need to go through probate at all if all of the property was held as community property or in joint tenancy with rights of survivorship. If that’s the case, the assets go to the remaining spouse/tenant. Life insurance proceeds go directly to the beneficiary, as does payable-on-death bank accounts and survivor benefits.
It’s also possible that you don’t need to go through the probate process if the estate is worth $75,000 or less or meets certain conditions. You may be able to use a process called Muniment of Title or a Small Estate Affidavit.