Independent & Dependent Administration
Texas law allows for both dependent and independent administration of an estate. There are advantages and disadvantages to either approach. The probate and estate planning lawyers at McCleskey, Harriger, Brazill & Graf have the knowledge and the expertise to assist those writing their wills, and their heirs, to consider the alternative approaches to estate administration duties and make the best, most cost-effective choice for their situation.
Under the dependent administration model in Texas, the court must approve all of the administrator’s actions, including distribution of assets to heirs, creditors, and others. The administrator must also post a bond to insure against possible theft or misapplication of assets by the administrator.
An independent administrator, on the other hand, does not have to post a bond or receive court approval before making a sale or distributing assets.
In either case, however, an experienced probate attorney is needed to ensure that all legal requirements and deadlines are met. Our Texas probate lawyers have decades of experience working with both independent and dependent estate administrators and have the expertise to ensure the efficient administration of any size estate.
McCleskey has a reputation for integrity, a commitment to excellence, and deep roots in our community, going back for generations. Even after any probate and estate planning issues are resolved, our focus on relationships helps ensure that our clients succeed and prosper, making our community strong. We are proud to have provided a full spectrum of exceptional legal services to the businesses and individuals of West Texas and New Mexico for over 80 years.
Contact us to learn more about our probate and estate planning services.