An executor is a person named by a testator in a will who must administer the estate. In Texas, you will go through the probate process to accomplish this.
The probate process involves a series of filings to validate the will and provide information for the proper distribution of assets.
Validation of the will
The first step in the probate process is to file an application with the Texas probate court. The court will post a notice of the application, and if there are no objections during the waiting period, the court will authorize the estate administration to proceed. The court will then hold a hearing to validate the will and officially appoint the estate administrator.
The estate executor is then required to provide a detailed inventory of the assets, including an estimate of the value. The executor must file the inventory within 90 days of the appointment.
The administrator must also notify the beneficiaries named in the will of the probate process. The executor will also provide notice to any creditors of the deceased individual so they can file any claims.
Completing the process
In some cases, there are disputes regarding the will or probate process. The executor must resolve any conflicts before closing the estate administration. They also must pay any outstanding claims that creditors filed with the probate court.
After the administrator has resolved any conflicts, they can distribute the estate assets designated in the will.
The administration of an estate is sometimes complex, and the executor must complete all necessary steps.