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 Garland, this is often Dallas County However this sometimes can be Collin County or Rockwall County if that is the part of Garland where the decedent resided.
It is of utmost importance 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.
Since the probate process will take place in the county that the decedent resided, Garland probate cases will be held within either Dallas County, Collin County, or Rockwall County.
Dallas County has three statutory probate courts:
The information for the Collin County Probate Court can be found below:
Unlike Dallas and Collin Counties, Rockwall County does not have any statutory probate courts. In Rockwall County the County Clerk will provide information regarding the local probate process. For filing information contact the County Clerk.
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.
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