Probate Administration and Litigation
If you have been appointed as the personal representative of an estate, you have an important job to do. You have been trusted with the administration of an estate and how the property is appraised and divided will depend on your actions. If mistakes are made, you could face responsibility for them. That is why it is critical to have guidance from an experienced attorney.
At the Jim Ross Law Group, P.C., we use years of experience to guide estate administrators through the probate process. We understand that it can be confusing. That’s why we take you step by step. We place great value on service to our clients and communities throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. If you have a question, we are available to answer it. If you need anything, just ask. You can depend on us to take the weight of estate administration off your shoulders so you can relax, trusting that matters will be handled correctly and completely.
If there was no will, the Texas Estates Code will control how your property is distributed. The distribution called for by the Estates Code requires that relatives take property in a certain order. Depending on the situation, surviving spouses, children, parents, and/or brothers and sisters may take part of the property. It depends on whether the deceased was married, whether he or she had children and which relatives are surviving.
At the Jim Ross Law Group, P.C., we can help you understand how intestate administration works. Our lawyers can resolve family disputes and guide you in the right direction so that your interests are protected.
If a properly drafted and enforceable will exists, it controls how property will be divided. Lawyers at our firm can answer any questions you may have regarding wills and the distribution of property. We can also handle matters related to life insurance proceeds, IRAs, pension plans and retirement accounts.
Things do not always go smoothly. It is not uncommon for disputes to arise during the probate process and for families to disagree on how assets should be divided or managed. Under the Texas Estates Code, any interested person may file a lawsuit to contest the validity of a will. The statute of limitations gives them two years to act after the will has been admitted to probate.
A will can be challenged for many reasons, and each case is unique. Often, probate litigation becomes a question of undue influence. This usually happens when a new spouse, relative or caretaker unfairly persuaded a person to change his or her will at the last minute.
Will contests can also be a matter of lack of capacity. Changes made to a will when a person is too weak, confused or sick to remember his or her property or family members are generally not valid.
Contact Our Arlington Probate Administration Attorneys
Call us at 817-275-4100 or contact us online to schedule a confidential consultation with an Arlington probate attorney.