Probate is the legal process of determining what should be done with a person’s property and debts. This can vary from authenticating a will to dealing with deeds for property the deceased owned.

Our goal is to find the correct solution for your probate needs and to work with you and the court to deal with assets in an efficient manner.

We take uncontested probate cases where the decedent died, resided or owned land in Denton, Dallas or Tarrant County.

Our Process

To begin the probate process, click the button below to call or email our firm. You will speak to an assistant who will help determine what we can do for you and, if we can take the case, will schedule an appointment with Mr. Kocian for an initial consultation, where Mr. Kocian will go through your options in more detail and recommend next steps after that, which usually differ from case to case.

Frequently Asked Questions

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    Do I need to go through probate?

    This is a tricky question. Many times, when someone dies, you do not really know the extent of their estate. You might not think that you need probate, and then an unknown asset pops up that might require probate. Probate assets are those that pass at the owner’s death by a testamentary transfer, or through the laws of intestate succession. If the assets do not have another instrument of transfer (trust, TOD, BD, etc.), then they must be dealt with through probate.

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    Do I need a lawyer for Probate?

    Yes, the Court does not allow pro se representation in many probate proceedings because these positions have a fiduciary duty to represent the best interest of heirs and beneficiaries.

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    What if there was no will?

    Depending on the size of the estate, there are still options to probate. Mr. Kocian will walk you through your options at the free initial consultation.

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    How long does probate take?

    This is not a question that is easy to answer. It depends on the type of probate needed and any complications that may arise. There are also many times where we are waiting on the courts to review documents or set hearing dates, and there is nothing we can do about those wait times. The best thing to do is not wait until the last minute to start the probate process.