Easy Questions  
Free Legal Documents

Do I Need a Probate Lawyer in Alba, TX

Do I Need a Probate Lawyer in Alba, TX


When the time comes to die, make sure that all you have to do is die!
 
- Jim Elliot


Creating an estate plan, including a last will and testament may ultimately be the best gift you can give to your loved ones. Get a free preview of a last will and testament at 1-2-Law.com.

Probate is the process that occurs after an individual passes away that involves distributing assets and taking care of any debts. This is process happens regardless of whether or not there is a will. The person in charge of this process is the executor that is designated in the last will and testament.

A probate lawyer is an estate or a trust lawyer that can help manage the filing of the last testament or will of a deceased individual. Probate attorneys can also help create a last will and testament and can assist with trust planning (including living trusts) as well as powers of attorney and medical powers of attorney. They can assist the executor of the will with preparing and filing of all documents required by a probate court.

Some people do estate planning on their own and others get legal advice from a probate or trust lawyer. As the executor winds up an estate, they may want legal advice from an experienced lawyer who is familiar with both state law and how the local probate court works. However, not all executors feel the need to hire a probate lawyer. If the estate doesn't contain any unusual assets and isn't too large, the executor may be able to complete the task without a lawyer's help.

Several factors may help an executor decide if they need the help of a probate lawyer. Was there any probate-avoidance estate planning? Assets can be transferred to their new owners without probate court if they are held in joint tenancy, survivorship community property or transferred to a living trust. Probate is also unnecessary for assets for which the deceased person named a beneficiary—for example, retirement accounts or life insurance policy proceeds.

Things get more complicated when an estate includes a business, commercial real estate, or any other asset that requires special handling. You may want to consult experts if you need to manage, appraise, or sell a business.

If there's enough money to pay off debts (taxes, medical expenses, funeral costs, credit card bills, mortgages, car loans, etc.), with some left over for beneficiaries, you won't have to figure out which debts to pay. If your initial investigation reveals that there may not be enough money in the estate to pay debts and taxes, don't pay any bills before you get legal advice. State law gives some creditors priority over others.

Today, more than 99.7% of all estates don't owe federal estate tax. There's also a very small chance that the estate will owe estate taxes to the state. You may need expert legal and tax advice if the estate is large and must file an estate tax return, either with the IRS or the state taxing authority.

Many states offer small estate procedures such as summary probate and an entirely out-of-court process that requires presenting a sworn affidavit to the person or institution holding the asset.

Are family members talking about suing over the estate? Probate lawsuits tear families apart and can drain a lot of money from the estate in the process. A lawyer may be able to help the executor avoid a court battle or to deal with it if it is unavoidable.

Only you can decide if hiring a lawyer is right for you. Check out 1-2-Law.com for listings of lawyers in your neighborhood.
 
Personalize & Print a Free TX Last Will Download this Document
Page 1
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4
Page 5
Page 6
Page 7
Page 8
Page 9
Page 10
 
Personalize & Print a Free TX Living Trust Download this Document
Page 1
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4
Page 5
Page 6
Page 7
Page 8
Page 9
Page 10
Page 11
Page 12
Page 13
Page 14
Page 15
Page 16
Related Legal Services near Alba, TX
Attorney General
1400 Hillcrest Dr
Arlington, TX 76010
(817) 277-9805
Attorneys
Shivers Robert A
1146 S Alamo St
San Antonio, TX 78210
(210) 226-9725
Administrative & Governmental Law Attorneys, Immigration Law Attorneys, Attorneys
Martinez & Martinez
1105 Wooded Acres Dr #200
Waco, TX 76710
(254) 776-9700
Attorneys,  General Practice Attorneys,  Legal Service Plans,  Drug Charges Attorneys,  Child Custod
Cotner Robert
3501 W Waco Dr
Waco, TX 76710
(254) 752-9688
Attorneys
Zimmerman & Zimmerman & Cotner & Young A Professional Corporation
3501 W Waco Dr
Waco, TX 76710
(254) 752-9688
Accident & Property Damage Attorneys,  Attorneys,  Legal Service Plans,  Personal Injury Law Attorne
Zimmerman Law Firm
3501 W Waco Dr
Waco, TX 76710
(254) 752-9688
Accident & Property Damage Attorneys, Personal Injury Law Attorneys, Automobile Accident Attorneys
Morris, Michael P - Tekell Book Matthews & Limmer
1221 McKinney St # 4300
Houston, TX 77010
(713) 222-9542
Personal Injury Law Attorneys, Attorneys
Tekell Book LLP
1221 McKinney St Ste 4300
Houston, TX 77010
(713) 222-9542
Attorneys, Legal Service Plans
Book, William C - Tekell Book Matthews & Limmer
1221 McKinney St # 4300
Houston, TX 77010
(713) 222-9542
Insurance Attorneys, Personal Injury Law Attorneys, Attorneys
Clark Dick
3311 N Ridge Dr
Waco, TX 76710
(254) 772-9464
Attorneys
Muizers Martin I
2525 E Arkansas Ln
Arlington, TX 76010
(817) 548-9437
Attorneys Referral & Information Service, Attorneys, General Practice Attorneys
Central Texas Litigation
7215 Bosque Blvd
Waco, TX 76710
(254) 399-9400
Attorneys Referral & Information Service, Litigation Support Services
Kerrisa Chelkowski
1017 South Alamo Street
San Antonio, TX 78210
(210) 228-9393
Criminal Law Attorneys, DUI & DWI Attorneys
Abbott J Perry CPA
609 W Main St
Arlington, TX 76010
(817) 265-9306
Attorneys,  Estate Planning, Probate, & Living Trusts,  Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning Attorneys
Brenda Dushane
12404 Highway 6
Santa Fe, TX 77510
(409) 316-9254
General Practice Attorneys, Attorneys, Legal Service Plans
The Law Office of Wendy L. Hackler
1810 A 8th Ave.
Fort Worth, TX 76110
817-926-9890
Attorneys, Child Support Collections, General Practice Attorneys
Hasdorff & Convery P C
1007 S Alamo St
San Antonio, TX 78210
(210) 738-9060
Attorneys,  Criminal Law Attorneys,  Family Law Attorneys,  Divorce Attorneys,  Legal Service Plans
Green Neal Jr
110 W Collin St
Corsicana, TX 75110
(903) 874-9009
Divorce Assistance, Attorneys, Family Law Attorneys, Legal Service Plans
Hardin Rusty & Associates PC
1401 McKinney St Ste 2250
Houston, TX 77010
(713) 652-9000
Attorneys, Criminal Law Attorneys, Appellate Practice Attorneys, Litigation & Tort Attorneys, Legal
York Robert Atty
312 W 4th Ave
Corsicana, TX 75110
(903) 874-8890
Attorneys, Family Law Attorneys, Divorce Attorneys, Litigation & Tort Attorneys, Estate Planning Att
Scanes, Routh & James
7901 Fish Pond Rd
Waco, TX 76710
(254) 399-8788
Attorneys,  Accident & Property Damage Attorneys,  Civil Litigation & Trial Law Attorneys,  Real Est
Shields Joel
7901 Fish Pond Rd Ste 200
Waco, TX 76710
(254) 399-8788
Corporation & Partnership Law Attorneys, Attorneys, Labor & Employment Law Attorneys, Legal Service
Anita J Anderson
829 E Guenther St
San Antonio, TX 78210
(210) 533-8726
Attorneys Referral & Information Service, General Practice Attorneys, Attorneys
Aldous Law Firm
11959 fm 1764
Santa Fe, TX 77510
(281) 435-8648
Automobile Accident Attorneys,  Family Law Attorneys,  Litigation & Tort Attorneys,  Medical Malprac
12Law.com   |  NASHVILLE, TN USA   |  CONTACT US