From a technical standpoint, probate is the legal proceeding at which a court is formally informed that someone has died and that the deceased-owned property needs to be administered. For many of us, probate has a negative connotation and is associated with protracted legal battles involving families and friends fighting in court over assets of the deceased.  However, in Texas, this negative reputation is not as founded.  For those who spend a little time setting up their estate and estate planning documents prior to their death, the probate process can be surprisingly simple and brief.  Even for those who did not plan ahead, as long as their estate or family is relatively limited and all beneficiaries can agree on what to do with a deceased family member’s estate, probate can also be completed with relative ease.  On the other hand, if a will contest or a dispute over the estate appears unavoidable, this can indeed become a very complex intricate area of law.  Whether you need to file a deceased’s will and death certificate, along with a request for letters testamentary and independent estate administration, or you are faced with a contested scenario, the assistance of legal counsel can be essential.