There are two types of probate administration in Texas: dependent administration and independent administration. If you have the opportunity to choose, independent administration greatly reduces the time, expense and inconvenience of probate.
At The Law Offices of Kennedy & Jackson, located in Houston, Texas, our lawyers advise executors in the probate process. Our two attorneys are each board-certified in probate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and each is a frequent lecturer on estate planning topics to other lawyers throughout Texas. We provide a complimentary — and confidential — initial consultation concerning probate administration to all new potential clients.
DEPENDENT VS. INDEPENDENT ADMINISTRATION
When writing a will in Texas, a person can grant powers ofindependent administration to his or her chosen executor. Independent administration means that the executor can handle probate with less court involvement. Dependent administration requires the executor to obtain court approval every step of the way, greatly increasing the time and cost of probate.
If you are drafting a will, you can choose to give your executor the power of independent administration. If the ability to draft a will has already passed, you can still choose independent administration if every person who has a right to inherit under our state’s law of intestate succession agrees to independent administration. Without that agreement, you will need to use dependent administration.
Our lawyers can guide you through the daunting task of settling the estate of a family member or friend using dependent administration. We also offer complete estate planning services and urge clients to consider an independent administration clause when drafting a will.
CONTACT A DEPENDENT ADMINISTRATION ATTORNEY IN HOUSTON
You will work directly with one of our experienced partners throughout the probate process. Our law office is located in the Galleria area of Houston, with free on-site parking available next to our office building.
To schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified attorneys, call 713-783-7444 or send us an email.