Texas Estates Code

Sec. § 354.001
Summary Proceedings for Certain Small Estates


If, after a personal representative of an estate has filed the inventory, appraisement, and list of claims or the affidavit in lieu of the inventory, appraisement, and list of claims as provided by Chapter 309 (Inventory, Appraisement, and List of Claims), it is established that the decedent’s estate, excluding any homestead, exempt property, and family allowance to the decedent’s surviving spouse, minor children, and adult incapacitated children, does not exceed the amount sufficient to pay the claims against the estate classified as Classes 1 through 4 under Section 355.102 (Claims Classification; Priority of Payment), the representative shall:


on order of the court, pay those claims in the order provided and to the extent permitted by the assets of the estate subject to the payment of those claims; and


after paying the claims in accordance with Subdivision (1), present to the court the representative’s account with an application for the settlement and allowance of the account.


On presentation of the personal representative’s account and application under Subsection (a), the court, with or without notice, may adjust, correct, settle, allow, or disallow the account.


If the court settles and allows the personal representative’s account under Subsection (b), the court may:


decree final distribution;


discharge the representative; and


close the administration.
Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 680 (H.B. 2502), Sec. 1, eff. January 1, 2014.
Amended by:
Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 810 (H.B. 2492), Sec. 2.14, eff. January 1, 2014.
Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1338 (S.B. 1198), Sec. 2.49, eff. January 1, 2014.

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