Simply put, probate is the process of transferring title to assets of the decedent to the rightful beneficiaries at the time of death. If the decedent had a Last Will and Testament, probate will ensure that the assets are passed to the beneficiaries named therein. If there are only limited assets, a shortened version of probate, called a Muniment of Title, may be available.
In the event there is no Will, property in Texas passes in accordance with the laws of descent and distribution as detailed in the Texas Probate Code. Depending on the circumstances, an Affidavit of Heirship, Small Estate Affidavit or a Determination of Heirship may be necessary.
I can help you determine if probate is necessary and if so, can guide you through the process in the most efficient and economical way.