You have probably heard the term “probate” before, but what does it mean to probate a will? If you have ever wondered how to probate a will in Texas or what the steps are for probating a will in Texas then keep reading.

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For starters, what does it mean to probate a will? Probating a will just means that the will is submitted to the court for approval by the judge. After the judge approves the will and admits it to probate, the will can serve to transfer title to certain property that was owned by the deceased person who signed the will.

How to Probate a Will in Texas (this is for a typical situation – talk to an experienced probate attorney to find out if your situation is typical):

Step 1: File an application to probate the will.

Step 2: A hearing is held in the court in front of a judge to determine if the will should be admitted to probate.

Step 3: If the judge admits the will to probate then the executor named in the will is appointed as the personal representative of the decedent’s estate.

Step 4: Within 90 days of being appointed the executor files an inventory with the court listing all of the property belonging to the estate.

Step 5: The executor pays any debts of the decedent.

Step 6: The executor distributes the remaining property in the estate to the persons who are named as the decedent’s beneficiaries in the will.

In a very simple estate, this process takes about a month and a half to two months.

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