Dealing with probate can be an incredibly daunting and emotionally challenging experience, especially when you're already grappling with the profound loss of a loved one. The complex and often overwhelming process of probate can leave you feeling uncertain about the next steps to take.

At Carl J. Mangine, Attorney at Law, PLLC, I am here to provide you with the support and guidance you need during this difficult time. My dedicated team and I understand the intricacies involved in the probate process and will walk alongside you every step of the way, ensuring that you have a clear understanding of the entire process. 

Let me help alleviate the burden and uncertainty of probate so you can navigate through it with confidence and peace of mind. Contact Carl J. Mangine, Attorney at Law, PLLC, today, and I'll guide you through the probate process with care and understanding. 

What Is Probate?

Probate is a legal procedure that takes place after someone passes away. It involves authenticating their will if there is one, identifying and cataloging their assets, settling any outstanding debts or taxes, and then distributing the remaining assets to the beneficiaries or heirs. Probate ensures that the individual's wishes are respected and provides a legal framework for the transfer of their estate.

Usually, assets such as real estate, bank accounts, investments, vehicles, and personal belongings go through probate. However, jointly-owned assets or those with designated beneficiaries, like life insurance policies or retirement accounts, generally bypass probate and pass directly to the named individuals. 

Probate isn't just about the assets; it deeply affects the surviving family members and loved ones. It can offer closure and assurance that their loved one's wishes are honored. But it can also be time-consuming, expensive, and emotionally taxing. That's why having an experienced attorney by your side can lighten some of these burdens and help you navigate the process more smoothly. 



Probate in Texas

In the state of Texas, the laws and procedures regarding probate are governed by the Texas Estates Code. When it comes to probate processes, there are several types, each offering a unique approach. The most commonly used method is independent administration, which provides a streamlined process for the executor or administrator to handle most tasks without requiring constant court oversight. On the other hand, dependent administration offers more court involvement and supervision. Lastly, the muniment of title serves as a simplified process reserved for cases where there is a valid will and no administration requirements.

This variety of probate options ensures that individuals navigating the legalities of estates in Texas can choose the approach that best suits their specific needs and circumstances. 

The Probate Process

Probate begins with appointing an executor or administrator. If the deceased person left a valid will, the court will appoint the executor named in it. If there's no will, or the named executor can't or won't serve, the court will appoint an administrator. This person is responsible for managing the deceased person's estate, including gathering assets, paying debts and taxes, and distributing assets to beneficiaries. 

During probate, the executor or administrator must follow specific steps. These include filing the will with the court, notifying creditors and beneficiaries, inventorying assets, appraising property, paying debts and taxes, and distributing assets according to the will or state law if there's no will. The process can take several months to a year, depending on the estate’s complexity and any challenges that may arise. 

How a Probate Attorney Can Help

The probate process can feel overwhelming, especially during a time of grief. That's where a probate attorney comes in. I can provide guidance and support throughout the entire probate process, assist with the appointment of an executor or administrator, ensure that all legal requirements and deadlines are met, and handle complex legal matters such as disputes or challenges to the will. 

As your probate attorney, I can represent your interests in court if necessary, minimize potential conflicts among beneficiaries or heirs, maximize the value of the estate by identifying all assets and minimizing taxes, and streamline the probate process to save you time and reduce stress. 

At Carl J. Mangine, Attorney at Law, PLLC, I have extensive experience in probate law and am dedicated to helping my clients navigate the complexities of the probate process. I understand the importance of preserving your loved one's legacy and ensuring that their wishes are carried out. 


If you need assistance with probate or have any questions about the process, I'm here to help. Reach out to Carl J. Mangine, Attorney at Law, PLLC today to schedule a consultation. Let me guide you through the probate process with professionalism, compassion, and a deep understanding of the law. It's an honor to serve my neighbors in Schertz, Texas, and the surrounding areas, and I look forward to assisting you during this challenging time.