If your mother or father retired in Texas and has passed away, you will need to probate the will in Texas. You may want to do this from afar, which is actually fairly simple at the moment.
Instead of having to fly into Texas, take time off work and spend time in the state, the better option may be to meet with your attorney virtually and then to meet with the court virtually as well.
Preparing to meet with the court virtually is a little different than going in person, but it will save you time and money in most cases.
How can you prepare for a court date from afar?
One of the first things you can do is talk to your attorney, one based in the state where the case will take place, about the process of handling the administration of your loved one’s estate. Since every state is different, there may be some minor differences you need to know before speaking with the court.
Another thing you will need to do is to make sure you have the right equipment to have these virtual meetings. For example, you may need to download certain applications or buy a webcam if you don’t have one already. Your attorney will help you get prepared for that meeting by assisting you with any set up you need to do.
They will also help you run through a practice meeting. They’ll call you through the appropriate software, help you log into it, help adjust your video and sound and generally prepare you for the meeting that you’ll be expected to be present at.
Do you have to meet through a video conference?
It depends on the court. Due to changes in how the courts handle certain kinds of cases, Texas has been handling the majority of cases online through video conferences when handling probate issues. If you’re uncomfortable with this, you may have other options, but it’s not as difficult as you may think. With the right help, you can be prepared and avoid having to go into the court to handle the issue.