How Probate Works Without An Estate Plan

The death of a loved one can bring out our deepest emotions and strain your family's closest relationships. Although a person may leave you physically, the assets and property that remain must still be managed. If your loved one passed away but didn't write a will, this can make the grieving process even more complicated as you and your family decide how to sort out the remaining estate.

Legally, passing away without a will is known as "dying intestate." Your family must still go through the probate process when this happens. Because the wishes of your loved one were unclear at the time of their passing, seeking trustworthy advice is vital to protecting the interests of your family.

Providing compassion and understanding for your situation

Law Office of Jason Galvan understands the emotions and complexities that you are confronting in this situation. With nearly a decade of experience, we have provided families in San Antonio and Bexar County with the compassion and guidance needed to pass through the probate process with a favorable outcome.

Although death is universal, your family's circumstance is unique. Texas probate law is black and white, but how it applies to your family may still be uncertain. The time it takes to conclude the probate process can vary from case to case depending on various factors like debt owed to creditors, availability of assets and cooperation of loved ones.

Working through the legal process for your family

State law dictates probate proceedings when a loved one dies intestate. Through probate, the court may determine:

  • The identity of heirs including immediate family or distant relatives who may be eligible to receive property
  • A representative to administer the affairs
  • What assets are available to distribute and how to pass them

Following the death of a loved one, you deserve a lawyer who will explain how probate works and cares about your family's best interest. To serve your family's needs, Law Office of Jason Galvan offers probate consultations by calling 210-899-3631 or sending an email.