Guidance In All Probate Court Matters

At Law Office of Michella K. Melton in McKinney, our attorneys provide experienced guidance in all Texas probate court matters, including probate and guardianship. We recognize that these are emotional matters, and we consider it our duty to minimize your stress while moving your case through the system efficiently toward a positive outcome.

Probate Of An Estate

Probate is the legal process of administering a deceased person's estate. The process can be lengthy, complicated and riddled with pitfalls if you do not have someone to help you navigate it. Our experience means we know how to overcome the challenges that may arise, and we understand how to ensure that your loved one's estate is handled appropriately with the decedent's assets distributed according to his or her wishes.

One of the first steps is to determine if formal probate is necessary. If the decedent left a valid written will, an independent administration is usually undertaken which requires a single court hearing and the filing of an inventory of assets. However, if the decedent died without a will (intestate), additional court action and a potential dependent administration may be necessary. In some cases, the estate can be administered with a small estate affidavit.

Our lawyers will help you navigate the process. In the event of a will contest or estate dispute, we will stand by your side in negotiation or trial as necessary.

Guardianship

Guardianship is handled in probate court and dictated by the Texas Probate Code. It is a legal process used to provide protection for adults who are incapacitated. The code defines an incapacitated person as: "An adult individual who, because of a physical or mental condition, is substantially unable to provide food, clothing, or shelter to himself or herself, to care for the individual's own physical health, or to manage the individual's own financial affairs."

Individuals with certain medical conditions, developmental disabilities, dementia, or Alzheimer's disease may not be able to handle their own finances or care for themselves on a day-to-day basis. In such situations the court can appoint a Guardian to make those decisions for that adult individual. Our attorneys handle contested and uncontested guardianships.

Discuss Any Probate Matter With Us

Call 214-449-1900 or send an email to schedule a meeting with our team. You can expect one-on-one representation from start to finish. We will get to know you, learn about your situation and educate you about the options available for achieving your goals. Count on us to work hard in pursuit of a positive outcome.