Professional Help With Probate

Adams & Adams, Attorneys at Law, is a small Beaumont, Texas, law firm that helps clients with a number of legal issues, including estate planning and probate.

Probate law affects us all at some point, but there is a great deal of confusion about what it is, and how it works. This page will help explain some of the basics of this area of the law and illustrate how an experienced probate lawyer can help.

What Is Probate?

Put simply, probate is the legal process of administering a person's estate after his or her death.

When a person dies, all of his or her property — personal items, financial assets, real estate and items of purely sentimental value — becomes known as the person's estate. A probate court must oversee the process of distributing the estate to the person's heirs and beneficiaries.

When the person left a valid will, probate can be a relatively straightforward process. Adams & Adams, Attorneys at Law, helps people through the probate process by handling hearings, inventorying the estate, identifying and paying off taxes and debts, and distributing the estate to heirs and beneficiaries.

When Probate Gets Tricky

Wills must meet a number of formal requirements if they are to be considered legally enforceable. One of the first steps of the probate process is to determine if the person left a valid will.

In some cases, an interested party challenges the validity of an existing will. A more common scenario is that the person simply never executed a will. In these cases, the probate court must determine how to administer the estate, using predetermined guidelines. This process is very expensive and often leads to results that are nothing like what the person would have wanted.

Experienced Legal Help

The experienced lawyers of Adams & Adams, Attorneys at Law, help clients resolve a variety of issues in probate law, including the detailed work of estate administration and difficult issues of probate litigation. The firm also helps families avoid many of these problems through careful estate planning.

Contact Adams & Adams, Attorneys at Law, by email or by calling 409-899-1900 to schedule a free initial consultation.