Denton Probate Attorney

Have you lost a loved one and do not know what to do.


Time Matters
A will should be probated within four(4)years of your loved one’s death.

Derbha H. Jones will answer your questions and help you decide whether the will should be probated or what options should be considered. Derbha H. Jones understands that this is an emotionally fragile period for families. Whether you are the surviving spouse, daughter, son, mother father or someone else that had a close, personal relationship with the deceased, Derbha H. Jones and staff are ready to assist. You will have the opportunity to discuss the most cost-effective and least complicated means available to probate or administer the deceased’s estate.

If a person died a resident of Texas, with a valid Last Will and Testament, the following options for probate or administration of the estate should be considered:

  • Probate of a will and appointment of an independent or Dependent executor;
  • Probate of a will and appointment of an independent or Dependent Administrator with will Annexed;
  • Probate of will as a Monument of title;
  • Probate of will and Order of No Administration
  • Probate v. Non-Probate Assets

It is a common public misconception that a decedent’s will control’s all of the decedent’s assets. However, it is a fact that the probate assets are those controlled by the Decedent’s will or estate and non probate assets are those not controlled by the Decedent’s will and/or estate.

Probate Assets include assets titled solely in the Decedent’s name with no beneficiary designation or rights of survivorship, assets owned as joints tenants with rights of survivorship and the Decedent’s portion of assets owned as tenants-in-common.

Non-probate assets include, but are not limited to:

  • assets with designated beneficiaries such as retirement accounts, IRAs, annuities and life insurance policies;
  • Assets styled as joint accounts owned with rights of survivorship;
  • Assets owned with a Pay on Death (POD) Designation ;
  • Assets owned with Transfer on Death (TOD) designation;
  • Real property owned as Tenants by the Entirely;
  • And Assets owned by the Trustee of the Decedent’s Revocable Trust