Q: My brother passed in TX. No will, no spouse, adult children. Estate valued -$3k. How do I avoid probate?
I am nearest living relative. Family agrees I am executor.
A: Talk to a local probate lawyer about filing an Affidavit of Small Estate. No hearing is required.
I'm sorry for your loss.
If there is no will then there won't be an executor. You say the estate is less than 3k; however, you don't advise what assets are in the estate.
I suggest contacting a probate attorney to discuss privately and they will be able to give you options.
A: I would definitely suggest speaking to a probate lawyer in your area. A Small Estate Affidavit may be a viable option if there are no debts. Another option may be an Affidavit of Heirship but that will strongly depend on what the company/institution that is holding the estate funds will accept. I hope this helps!
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