Independent Administration Attorney

An Independent Administration is the most common method of probating an estate in Texas.  An Executor or Administrator is appointed to manage the estate’s affairs largely free of the court’s supervision. 

Major Steps Involved 

An Independent Administration typically involves the following major steps:

  • Filing of a petition with the proper probate court.
  • Appointment and qualification of the Executor or Administrator.
  • Notice to secured and unsecured creditors.
  • Notice to beneficiaries under the Will (if the deceased left a valid Will).
  • Inventory and appraisal of estate assets by Executor, Administrator or court-appointed appraiser.
  • Sale of estate assets, as needed to pay valid debts.
  • Payment of estate debt to rightful creditors.
  • Payment of estate taxes, if applicable.
  • Final distribution of assets to beneficiaries

Time Required

Altogether, the full process can run anywhere from a few months to a year or more.  The bulk of estates fall somewhere between 9 to 18 months, if litigation isn't involved.  Our firm will be able to give you a realistic idea of what to expect after discussing the specific facts of your case.

Our Firm’s Guiding Hand

Our firm handles all aspects required to establish an Independent Administration.  We then guide the Executor or Administrator through his or her duties using a series of checklists and consultations.  We remain at the Executor or Administrator's side every step of the way with advice and counsel.  Call today to speak with our probate attorney.


The Cramp Law Firm is located in San Antonio, Texas and assists clients throughout Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe and Kendall counties.



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