Many estates will go through the probate process after a person dies. This guide provides general information and resources about the probate law in Texas. Because the process can be complicated, it may be necessary to contact an attorney with specific questions. Please consult our Legal Help research guide if you need assistance finding an attorney.
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Texas probate process is primarily governed by the Texas Estates Code. It replaced the former Texas Probate Code on Jan. 1, 2014. Some older resources may still reference the Probate Code, but that information will now be found in the Estates Code.
Because Texas and federal law may not be easy to understand, below you'll find a collection of resources that help to explain the law in simple terms.
Below are links to free forms available from Texas organizations. Many forms are not available online and you may need to consult print resources or subscription databases available in your law library. You may also want to contact the clerk of your probate court to inquire about the availability of specific forms for your county.
These e-books contain information on probate. These e-books can be viewed by those who have signed up for a free library account with the State Law Library. Only Texas residents are eligible to sign up. Signing up is free.