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When a person passes away, the sum of their property and assets (estate) goes through a process known as probate. During probate, the assets and liabilities of the deceased individual (decedent) are administered among beneficiaries and creditors. Sometimes family, friends, and other beneficiaries or creditors might dispute the way the decedent’s estate is administered. When that happens, consulting an experienced Killeen probate attorney might be necessary to protect you and your family’s interests.

Contact the Law Office of Nancy Perry Eaton, PLLC at (254) 221-8588 or contact us online to understand the nature of your legal rights in probate.

At the Law Office of Nancy Perry Eaton, PLLC, our experienced probate lawyer in Killeen can provide effective legal advice and advocacy regarding the issues that arise during the administration of the decedent’s estate in probate. Whether you need will preparation services to simplify the probate process in the future, or representation by a skilled litigator to preserve your legal rights in an existing probate dispute, you can rely on the decades of experience of Nancy Perry Eaton to assist you with the probate process.

Understanding the Probate Process in Bell County

Probate refers to the court-supervised process of distributing a deceased person’s assets. During probate, a personal representative (executor) is appointed by the court to conduct the administration of the decedent’s estate.

This process is necessary for most estates in Texas. However, there are typically many assets left that do not need to go through probate.

Generally, probate is only required if:

  • The property was owned solely by the decedent
  • The property was a share of property that was held as tenants in common

Preparing a Will in Killeen

A will is a legally binding document that sets forth your wishes in the event of your passing. In Texas, anyone 18 years or older is permitted to make a will. You must also be able to testify in writing that you are of sound mind and that the creation of your will is of your own accord.

If you are ready to create a will, the Law Office of Nancy Perry Eaton, PLLC can help you write it according to standard procedures.

These are several essential elements that a will should contain, including:

  • A plan for the complete distribution of all your assets
  • Designation of an executor to ensure that your wishes are carried out
  • A statement declaring the document is your will
  • Explanation of how debts, taxes, and other funds should be paid
  • A final signing of the will that is confirmed by two witnesses

Reach Out to a Killeen Probate Attorney

For more information about the Texas probate procedure, and how an effective estate plan can simplify and minimize the conflict that can possibly arise from probate administration, get in touch with the Law Office of Nancy Perry Eaton, PLLC. Nancy is dedicated to providing you with compassionate legal representation throughout probate proceedings.

To schedule a free consultation with our skilled Killeen probate lawyer, call (254) 221-8588 today.

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    Nancy Perry Eaton
    Nancy has been practicing law since 1992. Her practice has focused on family law , probate, estate planning , real estate, and business law. Nancy focuses on alternatives to allow people to reach agreements outside the courtroom. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1986 receiving a Bachelor’s of Business Administration. She then attended law school at Oklahoma City University and received her Juris Doctor in 1991. Following law school, Nancy worked as an enforcement attorney for the ...
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    Melanie was born and raised in Germany when the military finally brought her to Fort Hood in 1996. She went to S.C. Lee Junior High School and Copperas Cove High School. She later earned her associates decree to become a paralegal. She was part of the Paralegal Study Program at Central Texas College and graduated with honors in 2015. In June 2019, she became a U.S. citizen, which was one of the proudest moments of her life. Melanie since has enjoyed being a paralegal and helping people in their ...
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