To smooth the process, we offer answers to the most common questions we get about probate in Harris County, Texas. 

How long does probate take in Harris County? 

After you file, you cIf you’ve suffered a death in your family recently, we’re sorry for your loss. We also know you’re under a lot of stress.

Families become embroiled in legal matters as soon as anyone dies. While some estate planning methods can help some heirs avoid some probate issues, most Harris County residents will have to put some part of the estate through probate.

an expect the process to take nine months to a year. After that, the executor or administrator of the will can distribute assets to all beneficiaries. 

Under certain circumstances, there are processes we can use to shorten this time frame and help you take control of certain assets faster. If you’re concerned about speed, it’s a good idea to meet with one of our attorneys so we can go over your options. 

How long do you have to file probate after death in Harris County?

Because it can take so long to get from filing to distribution, most Harris County residents want to file as quickly after the decedent’s funeral as possible. Yet you don’t actually have to move quite so quickly. In Texas, you have four years from the date of death to probate the will.

Of course, waiting is rarely beneficial, and running down the clock is rarely a good strategy. Nevertheless, you have time to evaluate whether you want to work with an attorney and to select a group of attorneys you feel comfortable with. 

How do I look up probate records in Harris County?

The easiest way is to use the County Clerk web search portal

Where is the Harris County probate court located?

There are five probate courts in Harris County, but four of them are in the same building, 201 Caroline Street, on the 6th and 7th floors. Probate Court #5 is located at 1115 Congress Street, on the 5th Floor.

Get Help With Probate 

We have over 50 years of combined experience in probate law and have guided countless families through the probate process. We can help you simplify, streamline, and understand your obligations. 

Need help? Contact our team at (713) 322-8634 today.