Experienced Probate Lawyer in McKinney

Step-by-Step Guidance Through the Probate Process

At Willingham & Galvan, our McKinney probate attorney understands that you are most likely facing a very unique, emotional, and sensitive time in your life. Whether you have been named an executor of your loved one’s estate or facing the upcoming probate process, we can help guide your steps toward the best solution.

We can also work with you on a comprehensive estate plan if you are looking to help your family avoid the difficulties of probate. With our extensive understanding of Texas probate laws, we can help you learn more about your options to mitigate the effects of probate on your estate.

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What is Probate?

Learn more in this video by Willingham & Galvan.

How Long Do You Have to File Probate After Death?

In Texas, you have four years to file for probate after your loved one (the testator) or the person who created the will dies. Probate is necessary for specific types of assets that have a title or deed. Probate is required to transfer the title or deed to the beneficiaries. Not all assets need to be probated. For example, insurance policies, pension plans, and retirement accounts do not need to go through probate -- they may be transferred automatically to beneficiaries.

If probate is not filed within the four-year period, then the estate will be treated as if your loved one passed on without creating a will. They will be considered to have died intestate and their assets will be distributed to family or loved ones based on Texas intestate laws.

Have questions about the probate or have you found yourself probating an estate after the four-year deadline? Reach out to experienced probate lawyers in McKinney at Williamham & Galvan. We have years of experience and are prepared to provide you with honest and dependable legal counsel.

More About Probate in Texas

“We assist clients to help make their life easier.”

It is never easy losing a loved one – whether expected or not. Emotions can be enhanced especially if your loved one passed away without a will and the grief can be compounded by the legal complexities involved with the probate process. Every member of our legal team is ready to help streamline the probate process to help alleviate stress and lessen the burden from your shoulders.

How Our McKinney Probate Attorney Can Help You

What you receive as a client of Williamham & Galvan:

  • Counsel from an attorney who has nearly 10 years of legal experience
  • Guidance from a lawyer who was Voted Best Attorney in McKinney & Allen (Living Magazine)
  • Probate representation for estates of all sizes and complexities
  • Confidential consultations and one-on-one attention

Request your confidential consultation by contacting our offices in McKinney. Complete an online form or call for a consultation with our probate attorneys in McKinney.


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Meet Our experienced Legal Team

Dedicated to Accomplishing Your Goals 
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