Steven A. Early, J.D., CFP  Attorney at Law

Probate & Estate Administration

When someone dies, their written directives determine how their assets will pass.  A Probate Court oversees the administration of the decedent’s estate.  Leaving a Will is essential if you want to protect your assets and make sure your final wishes are respected.

At the Law Office of Steven Early, we have been helping our clients with Estate Planning (including drawing up Wills) and Probate issues for more than ten years. If you have questions regarding the easiest, least expensive way to settle an Estate, contact our office for a free consultation.

The Estate Plan Vs Probate Settlement

If the deceased left a Will...

If there is a Will, Probate Administration is a relatively simple process, especially if it is an uncontested Probate. The court will transfer the assets using the following steps:

  • Authentication of the Will
  • Signing of an appointed executor
  • Satisfying outstanding debts
  • Filing an inventory of assets
  • Distribution of wealth
  • Closing of the estate

If the deceased did not leave a Will...

If there is no Will, arriving at a Probate settlement is more complicated. The assets and debts will be distributed according to Texas Probate law, with the court paying the debts and deciding who gets what. If there is a Probate Court dispute, Will execution can take weeks, even months and must be funded by the deceased's estate. Once the court reaches a Probate agreement, it distributes the remaining assets accordingly.






Steven A. Early
5850 Colleyville Blvd.
Suite 110
Colleyville, TX 76034


DISCLAIMER: Steven A. Early, J.D., CFP®, in Colleyville, Texas, represents clients in Estate Planning, Probate and Estate Administration, Elder Law and Medicaid planning issues throughout North Texas, including such communities as Arlington, Bedford, Colleyville, Coppell, Corinth, Denton, Euless, Flower Mound, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Hurst, Keller, Las Colinas, Lewisville, North Richland Hills and Southlake. Counties served include Tarrant, Dallas, Denton and Ellis.

The information you obtain from this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your situation.