Law Firm of Rick Villarreal, established 1996.
|Rick Villarreal, Attorney-at-Law
4634 Sterling Wood Way
Houston, TX 77059
|We've been probating Wills in the counties of Harris, Galveston, and Brazoria since 1996.
Our flat fee is $1,695.00 which covers all probate costs.
Fill out the questionnaire below for a free phone consultation.
Your privacy is important to us. We do not share your information.
- Fill out the questionnaire below.
- Should take less than 5 minutes.
- We will call you for a consultation and
recommended approach prior to your payment.
- We'll prepare your documents, and send them
to you for your review.
- After your review, we'll file the documents.
- We'll notify you of the hearing date and place.
- We'll meet you at the courthouse to represent you
during the hearing.
- We will guide you through the remainder of the
|How our probate process works:
|Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Do I need to probate?
- Probate is necessary to settle the debts of the estate and distribute the remaining assets. Additionally, some property may be exempt from the
creditors through the probate process. The probate process will also notify unknown creditors and set a time limit for their claim. If there are children
then the trusts, trustees and guardians will be set up. Probate might not be necessary if there are no assets, debts, or minor children.
2. Is there a time limit on probating the Will?
- Texas requires the Will be probated within 4 years of the death of the decedent. After 4 years, the Will can only be used to transfer title of real estate.
3. The Will I have was written out-of-state. Can I still probate this in Texas?
- Texas allows probate of the Will as long as it meets the requirements for a Texas Will, or the requirements of the state where it was written.
- Typically, we find some minor deviations in the out-of-state Wills which require additional work during probate.
4. What is the general process for probating a Will?
Generally (for a valid Will probated within 4 years of death):
a. Locate the original Will (although we can probate a copy of the Will, but much more difficult)
b. File the Application for Probate and the original Will with the court
c. Prepare the Proof of Death and Other Facts, Oath of Executor
d. Attend the court hearing to provide testimony regarding the death and other facts including take the oath to execute the Will as the executor
e. Receive Letters Testamentary which it the court order giving the executor the power to act for the estate
f. Notify creditors and publish a notice to creditors in a local publication
g. Notify beneficiaries that the Will is being probated
h. Prepare and file the inventory
i. Collect the assets and list of debts
j. Pay the debts in priority according Texas rules
k. Distribute the remaining assets to the beneficiaries
5. How long does the probate process take?
- It usually takes about 4 weeks to file the paperwork, attend the hearing and receive authorization to act as the executor.
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I thank you for the time you spent on the phone clarifying some of the questions I had concerning will and testament matters. You took the time on a Saturday afternoon to
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I want to thank you for going out of your way to prepare our will so quickly. We were able to take it to our local bank branch, where they provided employees as witnesses
and notarized the will. We are already done! We also wanted you to know that this was a "stop gap" measure; we actually need to prepare something slightly more detailed,
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My wife and I want to thank you for your very fast response to our request for a will for our family and a living will for us individually. I will recommend your services to any
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attended to in a very professional manner.Thanks again for your efforts in our behalf'Irv Willman, Pharr, Texas
I want to thank Mr. Villarreal for providing a great Will service over the Internet. We did not have to leave our home to receive the documents. He called me in a few minutes
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Malcolm V. Toran
Thank you for the quick and efficient service you provided. Drawing up these documents seemed like a daunting task, but, your firm made it SO easy. We appreciate your
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particularly appreciated your personal comments and the step-by-step directions for signing the will. For the price and quality of your service, my will was a tremendous
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Very nice service; complete with thorough instructions for each document. Best value for on line ordering.
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Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! You made this so easy...I always expected something like this to be difficult. Thanks to your service we now feel prepared.
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services again” Thanks, Dale
Thank you very much for your promptness in this matter. I will definitely recommend your services to others in search of your legal expertise. Thank you very much.
Mr. Villarreal, my husband and I would like to thankyou for your efficient manner in sending the documents requested. The forms appear to be consise, and we certainly
appreciate the instructions for completion as well. John and Jean , McKinney, Texas
I do appreciate your very fast phone call to make sure everything was understandable and ready to finalize. You are an attorney who cares about his clients, Doug
Thank you for your email and the clarification. We do appreciate your time and help in this matter. Here is our testimonial for your website. Please feel free to use it in toto
or excerpts from it: Completing our will and other legal documents online through Mr. Villarreal's website was quick and easy. We received our documents via email within
12 hours and everything was in order. Mr. Villarreal also responded promptly to our email requests and even telephoned us to ask if he could be of further assistance. All in
all, a great way to take care of an important life task. Thank you, Mr. Villarreal! Sincerely, Belinda Scholl & Teddy Ashcraft
Thank you very much for the revised wills. We executed the complete package today -- within a week of when we first contacted you via the mytexaswills.com web site. We
couldn't be happier with your service and the legal documents. We've previously done these documents in Colorado and Kansas via direct participation with an attorney;
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recommend your service to anyone. Thank you,Bob, McKinney, TX
I received my wills as ordered. I appreciate the service. Even with my email out of service, you followed up by phone to arrange for an alternate email delivery. I do
appreciate the attention, and am pleased with my documents. Exactly what I needed. Thanks, Blake
This was so fast and easy. I would recommend MyTexasWills.com to anyone. Sherman, Fort Worth
The Villarreal Law Office prepared six documents for us in a very short period of time. We are please with the finished product and their prompt service. We would
recommend his firm to others. His website is easy to use taking us approximately 20 minutes to enter our information. Within 12 hours we had the finished product. Thanks
for your service. Larry and Linda, Greenville TX
My wife and I were most pleased with the way you handled the preparation of our wills. It was completely painless, fast, and extremely efficient, not to mention very
affordable. I would be more than glad to recommend your service to anyone who was in need of It. Sincerely, Dan Berger
Ricky, your diligence and patience with me are more than appreciated. I am amazed at how fast you were able to accomplish these 4 documents. I haven't really read the
will yet but I will. Again, my deepest thanks, Karen Killion
Thank you sir! You and your service are awesome. Randy
Thank you for your quick turnaround time—it was perfect for changing my Aunt’s will before she had surgery and needed a quick update at half the cost of a consultation—
wonderful. It was precise and simple. No stress or having to leave the house except to have it notarized. Easy instructions to follow . Thank you Mitzi Cash
Ricky Villarreal provided us with extremely prompt, efficient wills when we needed them quickly. He made sure we understood the legal documents we were purchasing and
answered our questions without hesitation. We would definitely recommend his services to others. Ron and Robin
Southlake I am incredibly impressed with the speed and quality of our documents. I started the process with a well know online service, but I had a nagging doubt, I was
concerned about the service addressing my states (Texas) laws. I found this service through a search engine and felt at ease with the fact I was going through a Texas
lawyer! Not to mention the fact his service was priced under the big name online service, it was extremely fast. Sandra, Beeville, Texas
Thank you for your prompt response. Due to a serious work related injury, I needed to have my life in order. You have given me peace of mind. The documents are very
professional, it was easy to fill out the questionaire, and very affordable. cecilia hughes
Thanks so much for the work you did. All looks great and we both have peace of mind and less stress now that we have our will. We appreciate you making it so easy and
taking the time to answer our questions. We would recommend you to anyone who does not have the time to sit with a lawyer and wait for papers to be put together. This
was fast and we are very pleased. THANKS AGAIN! Janet and Gary
Ricky Villarreal does his work quickly, accurately, and, if the need arises, consults with you about your plans. He's an excellent choice.
I was very pleased with the prompt service. I put in my order one evening and it was waiting on me by the next morning! Tiffany, Greenville
I googled "online wills" one evening and found Mr. Villarreal's website. It took about 5 minutes to enter all the required information online. The next morning, our wills were e-
mailed to us. That evening, he called and we had a consultation. He is very knowledgable and answered all my questions. No one can afford to be without a will these days
and Mr. Villarreal's website made the process quick and easy plus his service was cost effective. I am highly impressed and will recommend him to my friends and
colleagues. Dorothy K. , La Grange, Texas
After years of researching probate laws and talking to attorneys, I was fortunate enough to run across Mr. Villarreal’s website. He answered my questions honestly,
explained my options, and didn’t try to talk me into something I didn’t want or need. I was given the power of choice. There was no judgment or ulterior motive. This was the
first time an attorney didn’t try to tell me what I wanted. I emailed Mr. Villarreal several times and he invariably called within a few hours with an explanation. The turnaround
time from filling out the form online and an explanatory phonecall was less than 24 hours. I have already recommended Mr. Villarreal to a few of my husband’s coworkers.
We will be using Mr. Villarreal for other related documents. Thanks so much. Very nicely done. Annette, Wylie, Texas
We researched many online options for creating our will but decided we were uncomfortable with an out-of-state law firm. We wanted someone based in Texas that was
familiar with Texas laws. We also really appreciated your willingness to speak to us by phone about the specifics of our family situation and our wishes regarding our estate.
We had been putting this off, but the whole process was actually much easier than we expected. Thank you so much for helping us, Les and Debra
We've been very pleased with everything so far. In particular, the "Learning Center" on your website was extremely helpful. It explains what all of the documents are and
why they're necessary. We were looking for quality documents without the high attorney fees charged during office visits, and it looks like Ricky provides exactly the service
we wanted! Seth
Thank you for such a quick response. I was pleasantly surprised by your phone call the very same evening I purchased your services. I want to thank you for the time and
patience you had for my questions. Since I have never been through anything like this before, I appreciated your valuable advice that went beyond the preparation of the
will, which arrived within 24 hours. The price for your services was highly appreciated because they were so reasonable. Thank you. Tammy Noecker,San Antonio, TX
Thank you for your accurate and prompt service. I went to the cardiologist yesterday and have surgery Monday. Ted Tragus