Probate Services

Losing a loved one is a challenging and difficult experience, and we understand that the legal processes surrounding probate can add to emotional distress. Improper handling of a probate case by an inexperience attorney can lead to increased costs, time and stress at the
worst possible time. Rely upon the Borger Law Firm PLLC to handle your probate case with the precision, compassion and attention it deserves. At the Borger Law Firm we will have a very honest conversation with you about whether or not probate is even necessary and help you decide the path forward that is in your best interests.

Understanding Probate in Texas

Navigating the probate process requires a thorough understanding of state laws and regulations. Texas has a unique set of rules for probate and estate administration. David Borger brings over 23 years of experience in the Texas Estates Code, having represented clients in courts throughout the state of Texas. Trust the Borger Law Firm PLLC to make the probate process less stressful and more efficient for you.

What is Probate?

Probate is a formal legal process that addresses the affairs of a deceased person's estate. The primary goal of probate is to conclude the final affairs of the deceased person, ensuring the orderly transfer of estate assets to beneficiaries.

  • Establishing the validity of the deceased person's will in probate court
  • Handling taxes and debts related to the estate
  • Appraising the estate's value
  • Identifying and inventorying the deceased person's assets and property
  • Distributing the remaining assets and property according to the will

The Probate Process

While each probate case is unique, there are common steps involved in the process. Contact us today to gain a deeper understanding of the probate process and its specific requirements.

  • Collection of initial facts, including interpreting the deceased's will
  • Filing the probate application to initiate the legal process
  • Court hearing for executorship
  • Payment of debts and creditor's claims
  • Identification and inventory of estate property and assets
  • Transfer of remaining property and assets to heirs and beneficiaries

Types of Probate in Texas

  • Independent Administration: The most common type, allowing transactions without court permission in most cases.
  • Dependent Administration: Involves high court supervision, requiring permission for various transactions.
  • Muniment of Title: Unique to Texas, this form transfers titles to heirs or beneficiaries without appointing an administrator.

Alternatives to Probate

Creating a comprehensive estate plan is a proactive way to avoid the complexities of the probate process. However, we understand that estate documents can sometimes be unclear, making it challenging to navigate the legal landscape. At The Borger Law Firm PLLC, we offer alternative methods to probate that empower beneficiaries to achieve the same results following the loss of a loved one. Consider these alternatives.

  • Affidavits of Heirship
  • Family Settlement Agreements
  • Payable on Death (POD) Accounts
  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • Transfer on Death (TOD) Accounts
  • Small Estate Affidavits
  • Joint Ownership of Property

Personalized Guidance

Explore our probate services, and let us guide you through this challenging time with professionalism and compassion. Contact us today to discuss your probate needs.