Closing a loved one's Texas estate is a lengthy process. Probate administration can take months or even years, depending on the complexity of the estate and whether any disputes arise. The executor has many duties to address, and one of those obligations is informing beneficiaries that probate of the estate has opened.
The executor must first file the will with the probate court. After the court confirms the validity of the document, the executor must notify the beneficiaries of the estate within three months after that validation has occurred. Of course, executors commonly take the time to notify beneficiaries before the three-month deadline approaches. Additionally, once the will has been validated by the court, it becomes a part of the public record, and any party who believes that he or she may have a stake in the estate can view the document.