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Probate can be a complicated legal process for everyone involved after the death of a loved one. That’s why it’s critical that you consult with an experienced probate lawyer who thoroughly understands the law and knows how the probate process works.
A former probate judge, Of Counsel attorney Joseph P. Secola brings a wealth of knowledge to every case he handles with Brewer & Pritchard, P.C. As your Texas probate lawyers, we can provide the knowledgeable support you need when you are the executor of a will, or administrator of an estate.
Don’t underestimate the complexity of your probate case. Make sure you fully understand the legal implications often associated with probate. Contact our law firm and schedule an appointment with Of Counsel attorney Secola today. We can guide you through the entire process. In addition, Of Counsel attorney Secola has extensive experience with estate planning, as well as will and trust law. In 2018, Of Counsel attorney Secola earned a Master in Laws degree in Elder Law and Estate Planning.
What is probate?
Probate is a legal term used to describe the process used to verify the validity of a person’s will in a court of law. Probate is required in all cases, even if a legally-binding will already exists.
As part of the probate process, a probate judge will review a person’s will, along with a person named in the will. This person is known as the executor. If you have been named executor in the will of a loved one's estate, the process can be difficult to handle on your own. If you recently lost someone, it can be hard to deal with legal matters while you process the events emotionally.
As a former probate judge, Of Counsel attorney Secola has the knowledge and the compassion you need to carefully guide you through the probate process. This often includes making an inventory and filing the proper forms and reports, as well as distributing assets and property. You can count on Of Counsel attorney Secola every step of the way.
What legal issues often come up during probate?
Many legal issues often come up during the probate process. These issues can include:
- The person who’s named the executor does not want the role.
- Someone challenges the value of the estate.
- Someone disputes the validity of the will.
- There’s more than one will.
- There’s no will.
Of Counsel attorney Secola has years of experience dealing with all these situations, as an attorney and as a probate judge. If your loved did one does not make estate plans or draw up a will, your property and assets will be divided by the probate courts. Of Counsel attorney Secola can skillfully guide you through the entire probate process.
How can you avoid probate?
There are certain ways you may be able to avoid probate when planning for your future. Some of these methods include:
- Having a document known as a “living trust” instead of a will. After your death, your assets and property are placed “in trust.” A trustee then manages your assets without going to court for probate.
- Designate a beneficiary for certain accounts during your lifetime. These accounts can include your bank account, your 401k plan, your life insurance policy, stocks and bonds. By doing so, your beneficiaries may be able to avoid probate.
- If you are married or have a significant other, you may want to consider jointly owning property together. That way, after your passing, the property you jointly own will become solely owned by the other person without going through probate. This process is often referred to as joint tenancy with a right of survivorship.
These are just a few of the legal options you may want to explore when writing a will or planning your estate. Whatever approach you decide to take, attorney Secola can help you decide which ones make the most sense for you.
Put your trust in an experienced probate attorney. Contact our law firm today.
You have worked hard to achieve success. Make sure your assets are distributed according to your wishes. Talk to an experienced probate lawyer at Brewer & Pritchard, P.C. Contact us and schedule an appointment with Of Counsel attorney Secola today.