If your loved one died without a Will, transferring his or her assets to beneficiaries can be quite difficult. If no action is taken, assets will not be properly transferred and the beneficiaries will have to take some legal action down the road to straighten out the situation. In some cases, a costly determination of heirship proceeding and dependent administration of the estate may be required.
There is one probate procedure, however, that is quite simple—if it can be used. The key is meeting Texas statutory requirements for what is called a “Small Estate Affidavit.”