Dallas Lawyers Providing Assistance To The Personal Representatives Of A Texas Probate
Texas law requires that a personal representative be appointed to administer a decedent’s estate through the probate process. If the deceased had a will then the personal representative will likely be the executor designated in the will. If there is no will, the personal representative will be the person selected by the Court to act as the administrator. There are other scenarios in which a personal representative may be appointed. This is to ensure that all formalities are properly followed. It is important that the personal representative have an attorney because being in charge of a probate or an estate vests both powers and fiduciary obligations that impact others. Legal representation assists the personal representative in meeting their duties and obligations, avoiding conflicts of interest, and resolving questions that may arise during the process. Our Dallas lawyers regularly assist personal representatives of an estate in completing their obligations. Call our attorneys today to schedule an initial consultation.
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Thoughtful attorneys providing quality representation to Dallas, Texas residents serving as executor of an estate
The personal representative of an estate has many responsibilities. These include identifying and appraising the deceased’s property and submitting a detailed list of these items to the Court. The representative must also contact all heirs and beneficiaries, identify all debts and obligations of the deceased, notify creditors, ensure the payment of debts, file and pay taxes when due, and more. When the individual has a will, the executor may have other specific duties as identified within the document. If an executor or administrator does not meet their requirements or breaches their fiduciary duties along the way, then the process can be delayed. The Court may even go as far as to remove the personal representative and appoint another. Hiring the right attorney will help you ensure that there are no issues as the case proceeds.
It is not uncommon for individuals to name a spouse, sibling, child, or friend in their will to act as their personal representative after they pass. Many times, these individuals are unclear about how to proceed when their loved one dies. Retaining a lawyer to help manage the process can ensure that estate is resolved quickly and follows the necessary probate procedures. Our attorneys take a detail-oriented approach to assisting the executors and administrators of an estate. Once retained, we will work with you to determine all the necessary information and to help you understand the process and your duties and obligations. We will be in contact with you throughout and we will be proactive in letting you know what records we need or if you need to perform particular tasks. We understand that a loved one has been lost. While we cannot bring your loved one back, we can work to make sure that this process goes as seamlessly as possible. We make probate our business so you can focus on the more important business of living your life.
Price L. Johnson is a certified public accountant as well as an attorney. His meticulous nature allows him to bring an attention to detail which few attorneys can match. Our office strives to make you feel comfortable throughout the process and will promptly respond to your questions. We return phone calls and emails as quickly possible. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation. We service the greater Dallas area, including Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Denton, Fort Worth, Garland, Irving, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Nacogdoches, Lufkin, and Center, Texas.
Aggressive Dallas lawyers assisting personal representatives in dealing with various issues of the probate process
Most probate administrations are straightforward and proceed without difficulties. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Our lawyers assist personal representatives when disputes arise during a Texas probate. These include disputes over a will, disputes over whether one should be an heir, issues over whether a will should be invalidated due to duress, as well as disagreements over whether property should be included in an estate. There are also times where an executor is alleged to have breached their fiduciary duty. We defend individuals who face such accusations in Probate Court. We understand that personal representatives want to do what is right we give them the guidance and attention they deserve throughout the process. Contact us today to speak with an attorney.