When an individual dies the assets owned by the deceased are typically required to pass through a legal process known as probate. The probate process can be lengthy and costly. Understandably, beneficiaries, heirs, family members, and loved ones as well as creditors would prefer not to have to wait through the formal probate process. Fortunately, for small estates that qualify there are alternatives to formal probate in Texas. The purpose of probate is to ensure that all of a decedent's assets … [Read more...] about Is Probate Always Required?