Glossary & Frequently Asked Questions About Probate Issues

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Glossary of Important Probate Terminology


When a family member or loved one dies in Texas, the person’s estate will typically have to go through the Texas probate process in order to properly administer the estate.  Please click the links below for more information on administering the probate process.

  • Probating a Will in Texas – Probating a will in Texas is an important legal process that allows the heirs of a decedent to obtain their rightful share in the estate’s assets.  Learn how to get a will probated in Texas.

  • Determining Heirs in Texas – A proceeding to determine heirship in Texas is typically used when a person who owns real or personal property, dies without leaving a will.  Learn how to file an application to determine heirship in the state of Texas.

  • Texas Small Estate Affidavit – Read about the process of if a decedent dies without leaving any will and his estate is less than $75,000 in value.

  • What is Texas Probate Administration? – Texas Probate administration is the process by which a court oversees the payment of debts and the distribution of assets of a deceased person.

  • Ancillary Administration – Ancillary administration, sometimes also called supplementary administration, becomes necessary when the decedent owns property or perhaps even business holdings in a different state than the one in which he or she resides.

  • Wills – Find out what you need to know about creating a valid will in Texas and how our attorneys can help.

  • Contesting a Will – A will can be contested in Texas for many reasons. Find out those reasons and how to get help.