The first step in the probate process is when you submit an application for probate. This application must be filed with the proper Texas probate court in the county where the decedent resided. In the city of Fort Worth, this is often Tarrant County. However, this sometimes can be Denton County, Parker County, or Wise County.
It’s extremely important to start the probate process in the correct jurisdiction. Probates filed in the incorrect court will likely be thrown out even after going through all the steps. This is further complicated by each court in Texas having its own set of probate proceedings and qualifications. Before filing, it’s best to consult with an attorney about the county or counties where you feel your probate should be handled.
Fort Worth Probate Courts
Since the probate process will take place in the county that the decedent resided, Fort Worth probate cases will be held within either Tarrant County, Denton County, Parker County or Wise County.
Tarrant & Denton
Both Tarrant and Denton counties have statutory probate courts. These courts are dedicated to only hearing probate and guardianship cases, as well as cases related to probates and guardianships.
1450 E McKinney Street Suite 2412. Denton, TX 76209-4524
Parker & Wise
Unlike Tarrant and Denton Counties, Parker and Wise counties do not have any statutory probate courts. In Parker County the probate auditor sets the court docket; for filing information contact the County Clerk. In Wise County, the Clerk’s office files all Probate and Guardianship cases.
How much does Fort Worth probate cost? How long will it take?
The cost and length of probate can vary significantly depending on a number of factors such as the value and complexities of the estate, the existence of a will and the location of real property owned by the estate. Any contests or disputes with alleged creditors over the debts of the estate can also add significant time and fees. Common expenses of an estate include executor’s fees, accounting fees, court fees, appraisal costs, and surety bonds. Most estates are settled though probate in about 9 to 18 months, assuming there is no litigation involved.
Fort Worth Probate Attorneys
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