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Most individuals leave behind an estate when they die. An estate is comprised of the individual’s real property, personal possessions, bank accounts, investments, vehicles, business ownership interests and other valuables. An estate of a deceased individual must be administered within four years of the date of the individual’s death.
Estate Administration, also referred to as probate, includes the court procedure for confirming a deceased individual’s Will as valid, being appointed as the personal representative of an estate, referred to as an Executor or Administrator, payment of debts and distribution of property to the beneficiaries of a Will. The appointed Executor must meet specific criteria to serve and must follow certain rules and laws while he/she carries out his/her duties.
Estate Administration allows for:
The administration of an estate is often independent, which means that the Executor has autonomy to administer the estate and carry out the terms of the Will without court intervention or supervision. Under certain circumstances, a Dependent Administration may be used. An Executor for a Dependent Administration has all of the same duties and obligations as an Executor under an Independent Administration except the dependent Executor is subject to court intervention and supervision.
Estate Administrations are not limited to situations where an individual dies with a Will in place. If a deceased individual did not have a Will in place, his/her estate will still require administration after an Heirship Proceeding has taken place.
At The Springer Law Firm, we understand that Estate Administration can be an emotional and confusing process. Our Katy Estate Administration lawyers provide the support, compassion and experience you need to ensure that the Estate Administration process is efficiently and effectively handled.
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Attorney Sarah Springer has served the legal community by leading her peers as President of the Fort Bend County Bar (2015) and as President of the Katy Bar (2013-2016). She also serves on the Board of Directors of Fort Bend Lawyers Care, the agency which coordinates legal services to indigent citizens of Fort Bend County and our Veterans. Attorney Springer was recognized for her service to Fort Bend Lawyers Care, receiving the prestigious Suzanne Bartholomew Award in 2016. She was also recognized for her service to the Katy Bar Association by receiving the 2016 Katy Bar Silver Jubilee Service Award in 2016. Attorney Springer currently serves as Editor of the Katy Bar Newsletter, which was awarded the 2016 Stars of Texas Bars Award for Small Bar Newsletter.