Usually, the executor can initiate the probate process in Texas. However, any person that has an interest in the estate may also begin the probate process. An executor is an individual you appoint in your will to carry out your wishes and manage your affairs after you pass away. There are no executors if you die without a will. In a case like this, the Texas Probate Court will appoint an administrator to manage the estate.

What are the duties of an executor or administrator? 

Executors and Administrators are primarily responsible for:

  • Prepare an inventory of all the decedent's assets, including real estate and personal property.
  • Collect any money due to the decedent and all money in banks and investment accounts that the decedent owned.
  • Pay any money due to legitimate creditors.
  • Pay taxes due, if any.
  • Distribute the rest of the estate to the beneficiaries.