Muniment of title is essentially probating a will without an executor. If there is no administration needed — for example, a simple transfer of real estate to a beneficiary — the court can recognize muniment of title in lieu of the formal probate process.
The probate attorneys of The Law Offices of Kennedy & Jacksoncan guide you through muniment of title to expedite estate administration. We advise beneficiaries and executors in Greater Houston and Harris County.
CUTTING OUT THE MIDDLEMAN — MUNIMENT OF TITLE PROBATE LAW FIRM IN HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS
In a typical probated estate, an application is filed with the county to admit the will and appoint an executor at a probate hearing. Even if all property is bequeathed to the spouse, the executor must go through all the motions of identifying assets, publishing notices and notifying creditors.
Muniment of title is a shortcut when probate administration is deemed unnecessary. The probate judge validates the will and issues a judgment without appointing an executor. The judge’s order acts the same as a deed, acknowledging the will as muniment (evidence) of title. The beneficiary can then register the order with the county and assume possession of the property. Muniment typically applies to the marital residence or other real property, but it can also apply to vehicles or other titled assets.
EXPERIENCED ESTATE ADMINISTRATION LAWYERS
Muniment is not always applicable or appropriate. Our board-certified probate lawyers* can analyze your particular situation in a complimentary and confidential consultation.
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 attorneys, call 713-783-7444 or send us an email.
* Thomas Kennedy and David Jackson are both certified as specialists in probate law and estate planning by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, with 30 years of combined experience.