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Short Cuts to Probate

Avoiding the Time, Expense and Hassle of Formal Probate

The probate process can prove to be time-consuming, costly and burdensome for executors and beneficiaries, especially if the estate is large and complex. However, for smaller, simple estates, formal probate may not be necessary.

At The Law Office of Laura Coorpender Ramirez, PLLC, in Lake Dallas, Texas, we always look for the most efficient and effective way to probate a will. Through short-cuts to probate, such as Muniment of Title and heirship proceedings, we often can avoid the formalities of probate and lessen the hassle of estate administration.

To discuss if a probate short-cut is possible in your situation, contact a lawyer from our firm. We offer a free in-house consultation.


One alternative to probate is Muniment of Title. Here, the court will issue an order to administer the estate according to the last will and testament, eliminating the need to file an inventory or provide statutory notice to the public. In addition to distributing assets, this process can be used to transfer title on cars, boats, bank accounts and other possessions. Please note, this option is only available if the estate has no outstanding debts.


If a decedent passes away without a will (intestate), an heirship proceeding is necessary to determine the lawful heirs and beneficiaries of the estate. If the estate has no debt, the court will issue an order to surrender the estate to its lawful heirs. Representation from an experienced attorney can help ensure you gain control over all assets without further court intervention.

A third short-cut to probate is small estate administration. While beneficial in some situations, it is rarely used. We assist clients in selecting the option that is most beneficial to them. Whatever you decide, we will be there to help ensure the estate is administered according to the decedent's exact wishes.

Contact The Law Office of Laura Coorpender Ramirez, PLLC to learn more about the alternatives to probate. We will provide you with the information you need to make prudent legal decisions and guide you through the entire estate administration process. We have extensive experience handling issues in probate courts throughout Denton County.

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