Individuals who choose to craft and implement an estate plan are ultimately doing so for the benefit of their immediate family. However, issues arise when they don’t leave an estate plan in Texas or any other state before passing away. In this case, going into probate is likely the next step. Having to go through probate can be time consuming, but add an out-of-state probate process, and it can be very complex. The following includes further information on out-of-state probate and what you can expect from the process.
Why would probate occur out of state?
One of the many reasons why a probate would take place out of state is due to the property that the deceased relative owned. For example, someone living in Texas may want to purchase a vacation home in Colorado. This means that anyone in the immediate family interested in the property must go through probate within Colorado rather than in Texas. Fortunately, there are probate attorneys who offer virtual meeting opportunities for their clients in other states.
Disadvantages of out-of-state probate
There’s a reason why so many people want to avoid this process, and that is because of the extra cost to the estate. When probate is required out of state, then the estate will need to hire a second set of people to handle that case. This means extra attorney fees and court fees.
Whether your probate case is taken in or out of state, you may want legal assistance with each step. An experienced attorney may provide you with a much easier process and help you avoid common legal mistakes.